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NEPHI — A man believed to have been involved in the death of a Sandy woman last month is out of jail as the investigation into the woman’s death continues.
A family friend, who joined in the search for Jan Pearson-Jenkins, 64, on Oct. 13, found her body in a remote area of Juab County near Eureka.
The discovery ended a search that began days earlier, after the Sandy woman was last seen with Cody Young, 42.
Young, who was being sought by police in her disappearance, was found later that day near Yuba Reservoir and arrested.
“We know there is a deceased individual, but we want the expertise and the final report from the medical examiner’s office to help us make that final determination of the charges,” said Juab County Sheriff Doug Anderson.
So that is why Young, who was initially arrested on suspicion of homicide, has not been charged in court with Jenkins death — only prosecuted on unrelated misdemeanor drug and weapons charges.
“He plead guilty as charged a week or two ago. The judge released him at the request of the defense. I objected to that,” said Ryan Peters, Juab County attorney.
Peters said if the autopsy results support charges in Jenkins death, Young can be prosecuted.
Young had sent a text message to Pearson-Jenkins' brother, saying the two had an argument while camping and he had left her behind. That leaves her family to believe he bears some responsibility for her death.
Her brother said the family is very anxious for the report from the medical examiner and still hope they will see justice in Pearson-Jenkins death.
Young was released wearing a GPS ankle monitor and is required to remain in Utah until he is sentenced on the misdemeanor charges in January.
The van the two were camping in remains in custody as potential evidence.
“We want to be able to give as much accurate information back to the family as we can; and we want an accurate, and a complete, and a thorough resolution of the case,” Anderson said.
The sheriff believes a final report from the medical examiner will be available in a few weeks.