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WEST JORDAN — The West Jordan Police Department is asking for the public's help in locating a missing member of its force who might be stranded somewhere in the mountains.

Jedediah “JR” Steadman, 34, left his home Tuesday morning after having an argument with his wife, the West Jordan Police Department said in a news release. He has not been seen or heard from since.

He left in his blue 1998 Dodge truck with the Utah license plate B963D and a fallen officer memorial decal. He is 5 feet 9 inches tall and 160 pounds with brown hair and eyes, police said.

The department noted Steadman is an “avid outdoorsman” and likes to fish and hunt. Officials believe he might be stranded somewhere, and his wife and family members are “very concerned and express their love and support,” the statement said.

Steadman is a seven-year veteran of the police department who was recently promoted to detective in the property crimes unit.

"(We have) no reason to believe anything of suicide or harm to himself or anybody else, or foul play — nothing," said West Jordan Police Sgt. Dan Roberts. "(We) have no indications for any of that."

Roberts said detectives have searched throughout West Jordan — Steadman grew up here and still has family nearby, but no family member has seen or heard from him and no one knows if he has his wallet, warm clothes or even food and water.

Police now extend their search outside of West Jordan, never giving up.

"We won't give up the search effort. We're getting to the point now that he's past his weekend and he's expected to be on duty, and we'll ... stick with it until we find him," Roberts said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the police department at 801-840-4000 with case number 14H018087.

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