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Co-workers Mourn Death of Reporter

Co-workers Mourn Death of Reporter

Posted - Jul. 2, 2003 at 10:27 p.m.



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Karen Scullin reportingRICK HALL, MANAGING EDITOR, DESERET MORNING NEWS: "IT'S A SAD DAY FOR US. SHE'S A WONDERFUL PERSON AND A GREAT JOURNALIST."

The staff at the Deseret Morning News is mourning the death of veteran Salt Lake City news reporter, Norma Wagner. The circumstances surrounding her death are still a mystery.

Norma Wagner, a longtime Utah journalist was found dead inside her home about 6:30 this morning. Police call the death "suspicious," but won't give details on where she was found or if there were any obvious signs her death was a homicide.

Wagner's husband Pat Harrison, has been questioned by police, but released.

Steve Estes/ Neighbor: "NORMAL RELATIONSHIP, YA KNOW PEOPLE HAVE PROBLEMS ALWAYS, AND THEY WERE WORKING THEM OUT, THAT'S WHAT THEY WERE DOING IS WORKING THEM OUT."

Capt. Mark Peck/Salt Lake City Police Dept.: "THEY'RE LOOKING AT ALL THINGS SURROUNDING THE DEATH. THE THINGS IN THE ROOM, THE CONDITION OF THE VICTIM."

It's unclear if the couple had a history of domestic violence. Police did respond to a domestic disturbance at Wagner's house in May. But the call was anonymous, and when police arrived, Wagner told officers there wasn't a problem.

Steve Estes/Neighbor: "PAT WAS THE MOST KIND, SENSITIVE PERSON. IF HE HAD PROBLEMS HE WOULD WALK AWAY, HE IS NOT ABOUT TO DO ANYTHING."

Wagner was a general assignment reporter for the Deseret Morning News. Co-workers are mourning her death, and remembering a terrific person, and a good reporter.

Rick Hall/Managing Editor, Deseret Morning News: "A BUNCH OF THEM WENT TO LUNCH TODAY TO REMINISCE, THEY ARE WORKING, THEY ARE DOING WHAT THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO BE DOING, I THINK THEY ARE DOING OKAY, BUT IT'S NOT EASY."

Now again, police aren't saying the death was a result of a domestic dispute. In fact, they say it could turn out to be an accident. They hope to learn more after an autopsy.

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