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Man found dead in Jordan River was killed, police say

Joseph Salas is pictured in a GoFundMe page. Police are investigating his death as a homicide after his body was found in the Jordan River in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, June 9, 2021.

Joseph Salas is pictured in a GoFundMe page. Police are investigating his death as a homicide after his body was found in the Jordan River in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, June 9, 2021. (GoFundMe)



SALT LAKE CITY — Police are now investigating the death of a man who was found last week in the Jordan River as a homicide.

A passerby discovered the body in the river near the Utah State Fairpark at 1300 W. North Temple on Wednesday. The body was on the bank of the river but was partially submerged. Police initially said they were treating the man's death as suspicious because it was found in the river.

On Monday, Salt Lake Police Sgt. Keith Horrocks confirmed that detectives are investigating the death as a homicide. Investigators discovered evidence at the scene, possibly wounds on the body, suggesting a homicide, he said.

Police are developing leads and have not made any arrests in the case. Detectives don't know exactly how the man died and are still trying to determine if the man was killed where his body was located, or if he was killed elsewhere, Horrocks said.

Anyone with information about the death is asked to call Salt Lake police at 801-799-3000.

Horrocks did not provide the man's identity, but family members have identified him as Joseph Lenord Salas, 49.

"He was a caring loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle, brother and a very good friend," family members wrote on a GoFundMe page.*

*KSL.com does not assure that the money deposited to the account will be applied for the benefit of the persons named as beneficiaries. If you are considering a deposit to the account, you should consult your own advisers and otherwise proceed at your own risk.

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