UPDATE: West Valley City Police Public Information Officer Roxeanne Vainuku said the an autopsy was conducted by the Medical Examiner’s Office Saturday morning. It was confirmed the body was of a female. No obvious signs of trauma were noted and a confirmed identification or cause of death will not be known until next week.
WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (News4Utah) – Police launched an investigation after a body was discovered by a survey crew in West Valley City Friday afternoon.
West Valley City police say around 12:30 p.m., they received a call from a crew working construction at 4100 South Redwood Road and the site of an old Kmart store.
The crew was checking the draining in the parking lot when they came across a body down a drainage culvert.
Police say they don’t yet know how long the body has been there. It was partially submerged when it was found and they say it unidentifiable at this time.
Talking with police—and they say the body found in drainage culvert is in standing water about 6-8 feet down. No idea yet if male or female; police say it’s “suspicious” but investigation is very early. @abc4utah pic.twitter.com/upvXffLrxp— Nick McGurk (@NickMcGurkTV) April 6, 2018
Investigators are processing the scene. The body will be turned over to the Medical Examiner’s Office to determine identity and cause of death.