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Sheriff's office calls death of southern Utah man 'complex case'

By Pat Reavy, | Posted - Apr. 20, 2021 at 2:33 p.m.

CHURCH WELLS, Kane County — The Kane County Sheriff's Office is calling the investigation of a rural Utah man's death a "complex case."

According to a prepared statement issued Monday, Matthew Wayne Young, 49, of Church Wells, was found deceased on his property. The sheriff's office did not say how Young died or whether the investigation was being treated as a homicide, but noted, "This is a complex case and has already required many hours of investigation and evidence collection. Additional information will be released as it becomes available." Numerous agencies have already assisted in the case, according to the statement.

The sheriff's office also asked for anyone with "information you feel might assist" with the investigation to contact them at 435-644-2349.

Young's obituary states, "He was senselessly taken from us" on April 13.

Young was born in Florida but "grew up" in Gunnison and graduated from Gunnison Valley High School in 1990, according to the obituary.

"He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and received the rank of Eagle Scout," the obituary stated, while also noting he served in the U.S. Navy and "served aboard the USS Cayuga during Desert Storm.

"His laugh and smile were infectious and genuine. Matt was an easy person to be around and had a lot of good friends, including the many he made while he lived in Church Wells and working over in Big Water."

This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.


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