Missing Herriman man found dead

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HERRIMAN, Utah (News4Utah) – Police have recovered the body of a 20-year-old man after he was reported missing about a week ago.

Tanner Oblad, 20, was found in the foothills on the south side of Herriman City Tuesday afternoon. Oblad left home around 11 a.m. on February 21 headed for school at Salt Lake Community College in Taylorsville. When he wasn’t heard from, his family reported him missing.

Oblad was described as a high-functioning person with autism.

Detectives reviewed surveillance in the area and were able to trace his moments and narrow the search area. A Department of Public Safety helicopter was called to search the area in the foothills where Oblad’s body was eventually found.

Oblad’s body was found near the Friendship Trail.

“It looks like he left home, went hiking in the foothills and didn’t make it back,” said Detective Ken Hansen with Unified Police Department.

Police say it’s too soon in the investigation to say exactly how he died, but they do not suspect foul play in this case. 

The Oblad family released a statement Tuesday evening: 

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. 
Thank you all for making us feel so loved over the past six days.  We have received so much support, so much kindness, so many prayers and so much love.  We are thankful to each of you.  Thanks for the meals, thanks for the flyers and for the social media sharing.  Thanks for the detectives/police, search and rescue for bringing him home.  Thanks for the flowers and for the gifts.  Thanks for fasting and praying with us. 
Finding Tanner today was a blessing and has set our minds and hearts at ease.  We are grateful that Tanner has been able to watch down from Heaven and understand what a huge impact his wonderful spirit has made in each of our lives.
xo xo xo  Hugs and Kisses from the Oblads
We could not have done this without each of you

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