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Police identify body found near construction site in South Jordan

By Jacob Klopfenstein and Liesl Nielsen, | Updated - Dec. 2, 2019 at 5:21 p.m. | Posted - Dec. 2, 2019 at 10:11 a.m.

SOUTH JORDAN — Police have identified a body found near a construction site in South Jordan as that of a man accused of opening fire at a nearby apartment on Thanksgiving Day.

Construction workers discovered the body of Joshua Perez-Garcia about 7:50 a.m. Monday in a field at a new development area under construction near 11200 S. 6100 West, according to South Jordan police Sgt. Sam Winkler.

Police later said Perez-Garcia was linked to a shooting that took place near 4658 W. South Jordan Parkway about 2:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

The 26-year-old man allegedly opened fire at a house party early Thursday morning, and three people were taken to the hospital with various injuries, according to South Jordan police Lt. Matt Pennington.

Police are unsure if Perez-Garcia was also wounded at the party.

"We are investigating Joshua's death as suspicious and the investigation is ongoing," an emailed news release from Pennington reads.

Details about how investigators made the connection to the Thanksgiving shooting were not immediately released.

Police urge anyone with information about either incident to call the South Jordan Police Department at 801-840-4000.

Contributing: Eric Morgan, KSL; Josh Szymanik and Andrew Adams, KSL TV

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