ST. GEORGE, Utah (ABC4 Utah) Investigators are getting a second opinion on determining how an alleged kidnapping victim died. David Heisler’s body was found last week in a remote area near the Utah-Arizona boarder.
The autopsy by a medical examiner in Mohave County, Arizona positively identified the decomposing body as 30-year-old David Heisler Tuesday.
The cause of death isn’t so clear.
“I know that the decision was made by the Mohave County Sheriff’s office to have the body taken to Flagstaff, AZ to have it examined by an anthropologist.,” Deputy Washington County Attorney Zachary Weiland said.
Weiland says the results of the skeletal examination will help determine possible charges against the suspects.
“The next step, we are going to sit back with all the agencies involved and determine which charges and where, and we will be filing the appropriate charges for that,” Weiland said.
Police believe Kelley Perry, Francis McCard and Tammy Freeman kidnapped Heisler on June 27. Two weeks before he disappeared, a judge awarded Heisler sole custody of the six-year-old daughter he shared with Perry.
According to the probable cause statement, Perry and McCard admit they assaulted Heisler, forced him in his car and left him in a remote area in Arizona, with a pillow over his head.
But according to the report, investigators found blood on the outside of Heisler’s car and a bullet casing inside.
In a statement from Phoenix, Arizona, Heisler’s biological mother Mary Brace told ABC4 Utah: “As his mother, his murder has been worse than a bad dream. Since his kidnapping, I have walked through my days with what feels like a giant hole in my chest. As preparations for his memorial begin and more court dates start filling the calendar, it is not a distraction and does not take away the fact that my child was stolen.”
The Heisler family says they’re making preparations for David’s funeral in a few weeks.
Three agencies are working together in the Heisler case, including Santa Clara-Ivins Police, Mohave County Sheriff’s office and the US Attorney.