SOUTH SALT LAKE, Utah (ABC4 News) – A body recovered from a creek in South Salt Lake Sunday afternoon has been identified as Paul Swenson, who has been missing since July from American Fork.
Police were called to the area of 135 West 2950 South around 4:30 p.m. when a business owner noticed a body floating in Mill Creek and immediately called police.
Authorities said they believe his body floated downstream and had been in the water for some time before being discovered.
The Utah Medical Examiner’s Office says there were no obvious sign of foul play. Swenson’s cause of death is still under investigation as it awaits toxicology results.
About a week ago, Unified Police Department joined the search for Swenson after the family stated they shifted from daily searches out of Salt Lake City to a nationwide scope as investigators continued to follow various leads.
Leads have been coming in at different locations around the Wasatch Front, many of them in UPD’s jurisdiction. As a result, detectives from UPD were assigned to the case.
Swenson was last seen on Thursday, July 27th. His BMW was found abandoned near Parkview Elementary School in Salt Lake the next morning. Inside the car were strange items, including a cell phone and a bag of clothing not belonging to Swenson, police said.
The mystery of his disappearance has the interest of thousands. Several Facebook groups have popped up discussing his whereabouts and theories behind his disappearance.
Swenson’s family made the following post to social media Monday afternoon and police confirmed the findings shortly thereafter.