Police asking for public's help to identify body found by hikers on Mount Ogden

Tuesday , May 16, 2017 - 12:15 PM

MAKENZIE KOCH/Standard-Examiner Staff

OGDEN — Police are asking for the public’s help to identify a man’s body found by hikers in the foothills of Mount Ogden

Hikers found the man’s body Sunday afternoon, May 14, above 29th Street, but they didn’t have cellphone signal, Weber County Sheriff Office Lt. Nate Hutchinson said. They came down the mountain to call police. 

Weber County Search and Rescue crews then searched the foothills to try to locate the body again and located it at about 7:45 p.m. 

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Investigators were able to determine it was a man’s body, but the body was badly decomposed and did not have any form of identification on it.

Hutchison said investigators suspect the body was there for anywhere from “a few weeks to a few months.” There aren’t any missing person cases that are similar to the body found, he said.

The body was sent to the Utah State Medical Examiner’s Office Monday for an autopsy, but Hutchinson said officials are also asking for the public’s help. 

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Police said the man is white or Hispanic between 15 and 30 years old. He is 5-foot-6-inches tall with a thin build. He had a shaved head and some facial hair below his lower lip and on his chin.

The man was wearing grey long john pants, a white long-sleeved long john shirt with a green tee shirt over it and blue Adidas tennis shoes. Near the body officials found a black and grey coat and a Miami Heat Dwayne Wade basketball jersey.

Officials say the most identifying piece of clothing was a navy blue Dallas Cowboys baseball hat (pictured below) that had letters written on the top of the brim. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Steve Haney at 801-778-6635. 

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