UPDATE: Police release more details on missing SLC woman found dead inside vehicle

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UPDATED: WEDNESDAY 12/22/21 4:45 p.m.

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (ABC4) – Police have released additional details about a missing woman that was found dead inside of her car in West Valley City Tuesday evening.

Police say Valarie Gardner was last seen on Nov. 26 but was reported missing around Nov. 30. Her body was found Tuesday evening and officials are now looking at camera footage that can link a timeline with Gardner’s death.

A 911 call was made on Nov. 26 during the same time that Gardner was driving on Bangerter Highway. Police say the person who called in reported that they “saw a vehicle go down the ravine and into the water.”

Two troopers responded to the call and arrived on the scene around dusk, searching the area on foot, and did not see any vehicles at the time. Troopers also did not see any tracks or evidence of a crash.

Officials are also seeking a warrant for access to Gardner’s phone, which was found in the car.

An autopsy report has been completed but is not yet available to the public.

Police say there is currently no evidence of foul play.

ORIGINAL STORY: UPDATE: Body found inside vehicle identified as missing SLC woman

WEDNESDAY 12/22/21 12:49 p.m.

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (ABC4) – Police have confirmed the identity of the body found in a vehicle in a ditch off Bangerter Highway in West Valley City Tuesday evening.

The Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) has confirmed the victim’s identity as 46-year-old Valerie Gardner from Salt Lake City.

No cause of death has been announced at this time.

Authorities will be releasing a statement on this situation.

ABC4 will update this story as more information becomes available.

ORIGINAL STORY: Body found inside vehicle off Bangerter Highway in West Valley City

TUESDAY 12/21/21 7:47 p.m.

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (ABC4) – Police are investigating after a body was found in a vehicle in a ditch off Bangerter Highway in West Valley City Tuesday evening.

According to the Utah Highway Patrol, the vehicle was found off the side of the roadway on Eastbound Bangerter Highway and the on-ramp to SR-201.

Authorities said the vehicle appears to have been there for a while, but are unsure exactly how long.

No information about the victim has been released. Utah Highway Patrol continues to investigate the incident.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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