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Remains found in Cedar City drainage tunnel identified as man reported missing in 2018

Remains found in Cedar City drainage tunnel identified as man reported missing in 2018

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CEDAR CITY — Police have released the name of a man who was found dead on Dec. 28 in a drainage tunnel under I-15.

The man was identified as Johnny Dale Rollins, 63, of Cedar City, according to a statement released on Monday by Cedar City police.

Rollins’ skeletal remains were found by two juveniles in the area who reported the discovery to their parents, who then called police.

Dental records confirmed the remains belonged to Rollins, who was reported missing in March of 2018, police said. A wallet with Rollins’ ID was also found on the remains by officials.

When he was reported missing, Rollins’ family told police he was in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease and had other health issues related to a previous stroke.

Multiple searches were held for Rollins, and he was known to walk “great distances around the Cedar City area,” police said in the news release.

Rollins’ cause and time of death were not immediately available, and police added it would be difficult to determine what killed him. No signs of foul play were found at the scene or during the autopsy, police said.


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Lauren Bennett is a reporter with who covers Utah’s religious community and the growing tech sector in the Beehive State.


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