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UPDATE: Family says body found in car off Bangerter Highway is woman missing since day after Thanksgiving

Dec 21, 2021, 7:07 PM | Updated: Dec 29, 2022, 11:51 am
The car was found in a ditch off SR-201 and Bangerter Highway...
The car was found in a ditch off SR-201 and Bangerter Highway. (Credit Google Maps_

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah — The family of Valerie Gardner says it was her found dead in a car just off Bangerter Highway in West Valley City Tuesday evening. 

In a post on Facebook, the family said they were called to the scene near SR-201 and Bangerter where the car had gone off into a ditch. 

Gardner has been reported missing since Nov. 26, when she was last seen leaving her work in West Valley.

The Utah Highway Patrol found the car on the evening of Dec. 21 and believes the car left the highway, went down into a ditch, landing in some water.

“The vehicle went off the road down into a ditch and it appears like it has been there for a while,” UHP Sgt. Cameron Roden said. “We don’t know how long.”

UHP did not release any information about the person who was found dead in the car.

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UPDATE: Family says body found in car off Bangerter Highway is woman missing since day after Thanksgiving