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FBI asking for help in locating man wanted in connection with fatal southern Utah crash

By Jacob Klopfenstein, KSL.com | Posted - Mar 7th, 2019 @ 11:23am


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SALT LAKE CITY — The FBI is asking for the public’s help to locate a man wanted in connection with a 2017 fatal crash in southeast Utah.

Phillip Rentz, 35, allegedly was involved with a crash that took place near Aneth, San Juan County, on July 5, 2017, according to a statement from the FBI emailed Thursday. In the crash, a vehicle went off the road, and one of the occupants was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the agency.

Rentz was said to have been driving the car at the time of the crash, the FBI said. He also allegedly had a blood alcohol content of .217, the agency said.

Both Rentz and the person who died are members of the Navajo Nation. Rentz faces a charge of involuntary manslaughter in connection with the crash, according to federal court records.

Rentz is described as Native American, 5 feet 9 inches tall, with black hair and brown eyes. He has previously lived in Aneth and Montezuma Creek, San Juan County, as well as Cortez, Colorado, according to the FBI.

Anyone with information about Rentz’s whereabouts is asked to call the FBI Salt Lake City field office at 801-579-6189.

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