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Body found in Washington County identified

Oct 12, 2022, 7:30 AM
Around 9:35 p.m. on October 29, an auto pedestrian accident occurred, leaving one man in critical c...
Around 9:35 p.m. on October 29, an auto pedestrian accident occurred, leaving one man in critical condition. (Spenser Heaps/Deseret News)
(Spenser Heaps/Deseret News)

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Utah — Authorities identified the body discovered in Washington County on Oct. 10 as 36-year-old Ivins resident, Lewis Russell.

According to a statement released by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office,  officers were initially called to investigate a possible burglary of a construction company. Employees of the construction company called to report a break-in and a stolen vehicle.  

As deputies responded to the scene, other employees had reported finding the stolen truck near the pump house by the entrance onto Anasazi Road. As the employees
approached the truck, they discovered Russell on the ground and alerted authorities.

Detectives discovered several other vehicles at the construction yard had been rummaged through. However, the truck found next to Russell’s body was the only stolen vehicle.

Police are still investigating if Russell was solely responsible for the burglary and vehicle theft and if anyone was with him at the time of his death. According to detectives, Russell was last seen by his family Thursday night. 

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information on Russell’s whereabouts over the weekend, or who he may have been with, to call 435-634-5730.

The investigation is ongoing. 

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