Utah man indicted in archaeology theft ring found dead

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BLANDING -- One of southeastern Utah's most prominent citizens was found dead Thursday, just a day after his arrest in a massive federal roundup for archaeology theft.

Dr. Jim Redd of Blanding was one of two dozen people charged Wednesday with stealing, buying or selling ancient Indian artifacts.

He disappeared early Thursday morning, triggering a search through the day. He was found by late afternoon in his own vehicle, the apparent victim of a suicide.

A businessman from the area told KSL News Dr. Redd's death is a tragedy. "He delivered thousands of babies," the businessman said. "And he devoted much of his life to helping the people of San Juan County."

A family spokesman expressed appreciation Thursday for a large outpouring of support from the community.

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