Juab County woman arrested for obstruction of justice in death of teens

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JUAB COUNTY, Utah (News4Utah) – Detectives  with the Utah County Sheriff’s Department arrested a Juab County woman for obstruction of justice in the deaths of two teens whose bodies were discovered this last week in a mine.

Authorities booked Morgan Reannon Henderson,34, of Mammoth, Utah, into jail on one 2nd degree felony charge of Obstruction of Justice.

Sgt. Spencer Cannon, Utah County Sheriff’s Department, said the charge is related to her having denied to detectives with the Juab County Sheriff’s Office and the Sanpete/Juab Major Crimes Task Force that she had seen or spoken to Breezy Otteson or Riley Powell after they were last seen on December 30, 2017.

“It was after she was arrested on unrelated charges in Sanpete County on March 25, 2018 that she told investigators she was with Jerrod William Baum when he killed Breezy Otteson and Riley Powell and pushed their bodies into the abandoned Tintic Standard #2 Mine in the Dividend area of Utah County,” Cannon said. “Henderson’s bail has been set at $100,000.00 cash only. This case remains active and updates will be released as further developments arise.”

Friday, the state Medical Examiner confirmed the bodies found in a mineshaft near Eureka were those of Riley Powell and Brelynne “Breezy” Otteson.

Jerrod Baum, 41, is under arrest suspected of murdering the two teens.  Authorities cracked the case after Baum’s girlfriend Morgan Henderson allegedly told them where the bodies were and that Baum stabbed them to death.

The motive is unclear.  In a probable cause statement, Henderson told authorities that Baum was angry that Powell and Otteson were at their home without his presence.

At a news conference Thursday, family members said “jealousy” caused their deaths.  But no one elaborated.

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