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Police investigate discovery of dead body in Taylorsville Wednesday afternoon

May 27, 2021, 7:30 AM | Updated: May 28, 2021, 2:32 pm
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FILE: A Unified police car photographed in October, 2020. Photo credit: Laura Seitz, Deseret News

UPDATE: Police have confirmed the individual they found is Ivan Nickolas Vetecnik or “Nick” who is 15 years old. The following story has been updated to reflect this new information.

Ivan Nickolas “Nick” Vetecnik (Photo – Vetecnik Family)

TAYLORSVILLE, Utah  —  Unified Police are investigating the discovery of a dead body Wednesday afternoon around 4 p.m. near the area of 1600 Elise Drive. Unified police Sgt. Melody Cutler said at the early stage of the investigation, not much is known except that the victim a 15-year-old boy and the death is being ruled suspicious. 

“They’ve written a warrant to be able to search, and then they will go in with the medical examiner’s office and do a forensics exam and be able to make some determinations on what exactly happened here,” according to Cutler.

Police said they caught up with a person of interest Wednesday evening and believe that the 17-year-old person of interest and the 16-year-old victim knew each other and were seen together recently.

Cutler said there was a lot of blood in a trailer where the body was discovered, but no weapon was found. An alert was issued early Wednesday evening for the 17-year-old person of interest. It did not take long for police to catch up with the teen.

Officers said a cause of death was unclear, pending a completed investigation.

Police say the family has set up a Gofundme for funeral expenses. 

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