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HERRIMAN — Police are investigating a man's death as a homicide after his body was found wrapped in plastic Wednesday in Butterfield Canyon.
Police responded to the canyon after hikers reported they had found an unknown object wrapped in plastic, Unified Police Lt. Brian Lohrke said.
"Detectives came up to the scene to investigate it and determined it could be a body inside, but they weren't 100 percent sure," Lohrke said. "Just to be safe, the office of the medical examiner arrived and was able to take the package back to their office and they started to investigate (Thursday) morning."
The medical examiner's office determined the remains of an adult male were inside the package, according to the lieutenant. The man was later identified as 26-year-old Alejandro Reyes of West Jordan.
As of late Thursday, a cause of death had not been determined. Lohrke also said it wasn't clear how long Reyes has been dead, though he was last seen by family members Saturday and was reported missing Wednesday.
The body was found about 20 feet off the road up Butterfield Canyon in a ditch. Police were processing the scene where Reyes' body was found late Wednesday and again on Thursday.
Investigators are still looking for Reyes' vehicle, which was unaccounted for. It is a red, two-door Toyota Tacoma with a Utah license plate reading W23EA.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Unified Police Department at 801-743-7000.