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Central Utah Correspondent Sam Penrod reportingThe mysterious disappearence of a Pleasant Grove man in 2001 turned into a murder investigation when the man's body was found earlier this year. Now co-workers of the victim are putting up money for a reward to jump start the investigation.
No one had any idea what happened to 37-year-old Tony Tsoi when he disappeared in October of 2001, until a group of ATV riders discovered his body this winter in a remote area of Tooele County.
When Tony Tsoi was reported missing, it was the same day that an arson fire destroyed his home in Pleasant Grove.
Police say they had responded to the home five days earlier on report of a domestic disturbance.
Investigators believed it was possible Tsoi was a suspect in starting the fire and had fled to his native Hong Kong. That was until his body was found.
Now evidence suggests foul play was involved in Tsoi's death, which has prompted his co-workers at Wells Fargo Bank to get a $5,000 reward posted for information that helps to solve this case.
Capt. Cody Cullimore: "THEY WERE CONVINCED HE HAD TO BE A VICTIM IN THIS CASE, AND THEY HAVE BEEN VERY PERISISTENT AND GOT TOGETHER AND GOTTEN THIS REWARD, BECAUSE I THINK THEY UNDERSTAND WE'RE DEALING WITH OLD EVIDENCE AN IT'S GOING TO BE A DIFFICULT MATTER TO PROVE. THEY WANT TO DO WHAT THEY CAN TO HELP THIS ALONG AND THEY WANT THE BEST JUSTICE POSSIBLE FOR THEIR FRIEND."
Because of the reward, police say they received a tip from someone who overheard a conversation last year involving a body buried in the same desert area.
If you have any tips for police you can call detectives at 801-785-3506.
And you can read more on this story in today's edition of the Deseret News.