HERRIMAN, Utah (News4Utah) – Tanner Oblad’s family says it is a blessing that his body has been found after nearly a week of them not knowing.
Oblad hadn’t been heard from until Unified police found him in the mountains close to his home Tuesday. His body was found in the foothills of Herriman.
“It’s tough on everybody, especially the family, when you have to have this kind of news.”
The news spread quickly in Herriman Tuesday. Oblad, described as a high-functioning man with autism who was missing for nearly a week, had been found.
“It looks like he left home, and went hiking up in the foothills, and didn’t make it back home,” said Detective Ken Hansen with Unified Police Department.
Unified police say Oblad disappeared around 11 a.m. back on February 21. He had reportedly left for class, but without his wallet or cell phone.
The Department of Public safety helicopter spotted his body. Police say they do not suspect foul play.
“No, it’s too soon. The body’s been up there, apparently, for a while. So, it’ll take the medical examiner a day or two to determine that,” said Hansen.
The Oblad family released a statement:
“We are finally feeling some peace because we learned today that Tanner is no longer suffering and is with Father in Heaven. Tanner was so generous, so kind, so thoughtful and very patient even though his journey here was challenging. He has taught our family so many wonderful lessons. We miss him and can’t wait to see him and hold him again.”
A friend of Tanner’s has set up a donation page to his help his family with funeral expenses.