Suspect in sex offense who plunged into Virgin River found dead

Southern Utah

UPDATE: The suspect in a sex crime who took officers on a 100 mph chase before plunging into the Virgin River has been found dead, according to the Associated Press.

According to the AP, the body of Guadalupe Guillermo Nunez, 36, of Washington, Utah, was found Sunday night in the river along the I-15 freeway on Friday. 

Police say he intentionally ran off the freeway and off the cliff after law enforcement had terminated a pursuit form Utah into Arizona. 

Friday afternoon, charges were filed in 5th district court with first-degree felony forcible sodomy and third-degree felony unlawful sexual activity with a 16-17 year old. The case was dismissed Monday. No other information about the alleged incident were available. 

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HURRICANE, Utah (ABC4 News) – A man suspected of a sex offense with a juvenile in Hurricane took officers on a high-speed chase on the freeway before crashing upside down in the Virgin River, according to police. 

According to a press release issued by the Hurricane Police Department, they were called to a home on a report of a sex offense involving an adult and a juvenile female. 

When officers arrived, the suspect had already fled from the residence. Officers issued an “attempt to locate” with a description of the vehicle the man was driving. 

Several hours later, the vehicle was spotted by an officer with another agency and attempted to pull the driver over. The driver would not stop and a chase of the suspect was initiated. 

Police said they chased the suspect for several miles on Interstate 15 at speeds of over 100 mph. The chase was terminated near the Arizona state line. 

Both Arizona and Nevada were notified of the incident and were provided with suspect and vehicle descriptions. 

Arizona law enforcement officers found the suspect’s vehicle upside down in the Virgin River. 

Search and rescue and swift water rescue teams were dispatched to the area but the man was not inside the vehicle when they arrived. 

The identity of the suspect has not been released. 

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