WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (News4Utah) West Valley City Police Department released the identity of a body found on the site of an old Kmart store.
Police said the body belonged to 43-year-old Cami Shepherd. A survey crew discovered Shepherd’s body in a drainage overflow encasement on April 6 behind the old Kmart building at 1770 West 4100 South.
The body was floating in about four feet of water, which was stagnant in the drainage.
The State Dive Team and Unified Fire Department was called to assist with removing the body from the drainage. The body was turned over to State Medical Examiner’s Office where an autopsy was performed the next morning.
It was determined the body was female, but the ME noted there were no obvious signs of trauma. Wednesday, the Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed the identity of the body as Cami Shepherd. Her cause of death has not been determined.
The ME’s office is conducting toxicology screening, but police said the results will not be available for several weeks.
West Valley City police said they have had a missing persons case open for Shepherd since February 2, 2018. A family member reported that although it was not uncommon for Shepherd to be out of contact with family members for periods of time, the family member was concerned that they had not had contact for longer than usual.
An investigator was assigned to the case and was actively investigating her disappearance when Shepherd’s body was found. Police said they continue to follow leads because the investigation is active and ongoing.