UPDATE: 2/27/22 1:00 p.m.

WEST JORDAN, Utah (ABC4) – The West Jordan Police Department (WJPD) has identified the man that was found dead on Bangerter Highway early Saturday morning.

The victim’s name is Cesar Adan Martinez, who had recently moved from West Valley to Salt Lake City.

Martinez is a veteran who served in the US army as a Staff Sargent. He did four combat tours, serving during both the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.

He was aged 37, and the WJPD sends condolences to Cesar’s family and friends while working to solve this case, which is being investigated as a homicide.

WJPD is asking for the public’s help in locating Cesar’s car, which is still missing.

The car is a blue 2008 Dodge Dakota, a four-door truck with Utah plate E36 6SM. The truck has a gray camper shell with a broken window on the passenger side of the shell, which is covered with a plastic bag.

The truck is said to be in poor condition with a number of dents – please contact police immediately if this car is seen.

Police report that Cesar is believed to have been at a bar or restaurant the night of Friday, Feb. 25.

If you have any information, or saw Cesar the night leading up to his death, please contact WJPD at (801) 840-4000 and reference case WJ22-9583.


ORIGINAL STORY: 2/26/22 10:59 a.m.

WEST JORDAN, Utah (ABC4) – A body was found on Bangerter Highway at around 2:30 a.m. Saturday morning.

West Jordan Police Chief Richard Bell says that the individual has been identified as a 38-year-old Hispanic man, and that his name is being withheld pending notification of his next of kin.

Bell reports that the man has wounds consistent with stabbing, as well as having been thrown out of a moving car.

His body was found at 8000 S.

If anyone has any information regarding this incident, please call West Jordan Police at (801) 256-2000.