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Man charged with manslaughter in death of Sandy woman after camping trip together

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Jan Pearson-Jenkins, Cody Young

SALT LAKE CITY, (ABC4 News) — A Nephi man has been charged with manslaughter in the death of a woman whose body was found near Silver City in October.

43-year-old Cody Alexander Young was charged Monday in Juab County with second-degree felony manslaughter and misdemeanor tampering with evidence.

Jan Pearson-Jenkins

Documents state authorities found 64-year-old Jan Pearson-Jenkin’s body on October 13, a mile from where the two had been camping in his van near Silver City.

Around 9:30 on October 5, Young contacted Pearson-Jenkins’ family and told them he left her out there and he was tired of her, documents state.

The family contacted authorities to let them know she had been left alone out in the woods without her cell phone, transportation, provisions, or clothing suitable for the cold wet weather. Temperatures during this time ranged from 30 – 60 degrees, according to documents.

Young admitted to officers the two had used methamphetamine together on October 4. Police found messages where Young told the woman her bad reaction to meth was because he had heated it too much. Young had methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in his van, documents state.

Court records indicate Young returned to Silver City on October 6 and took pictures of his van and one camp chair in the same vicinity where the woman was later found deceased. At no time did Young alert police she was out there.

On October 7, Young messaged the woman that he couldn’t believe he left her there with nothing and didn’t know if she was OK, documents state.

The SIM cards for the woman’s phone were removed from a phone and found within Young’s property, according to documents.

The Medical Examiner’s listed Pearson-Jenkins’ cause of death as hypothermia with a contributory condition of recent methamphetamine use. It was also noted she had minor blunt trauma of head, torso, and extremities.

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