WASHINGTON COUNTY, Utah (ABC4) – Police have reportedly identified the body that was found near a Washington County construction site on Monday.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) says that the body has been identified as 36-year-old Lewis Russel of Ivins, Utah.

While the agency says that the truck found beside Russell’s body was “the only one to have been stolen” in what was a so-called burglary scene, they note that detectives are still “investigating if Russell was solely responsible for the burglary and vehicle theft,” and whether or not anyone was with him at the time of his death.

WCSO says that Russell was last seen by family on Thursday night, though nobody has heard from him since.

Police ask that anyone with information on Russell’s activities or whereabouts over the weekend contact the WCSO directly at (435)-634-5730.

ORIGINAL STORY: Police request community assistance investigating body found in Washington Co.

OCTOBER 10, 2022 / 5:57 PM

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Utah (ABC4) – Police are requesting the community’s assistance in investigating a possible homicide that occurred recently somewhere at or around a construction site in Washington County.

Officers with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) report that they were dispatched at 6:41 a.m. on Monday on reports of a suspected burglary at a construction yard just south of Ivins off of Anasazi Road. 

As deputies were investigating the area, official documents state that employees of the construction company “located some stolen property near the yard where a 36-year-old male was lying on the ground, deceased, under suspicious circumstances.” 

Detectives were called to the scene, who secured the area with the help of deputies. 

Police note that the preliminary investigation of this incident determined that there is no threat of danger to the community at this time. 

WCSO says that the Medical Examiner’s Office now has custody of the body and will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of death. 

An in-depth investigation of the matter is ongoing, and WCSO asks that anyone with information regarding suspicious activity witnessed near the area of Anasazi Road over the weekend contact them immediately at (435) 634-5730.