Body of missing Tremonton man found after 9-day search

Monday , July 21, 2014 - 5:35 PM

Tim Gurrister

BRIGHAM CITY -- The body of a Tremonton man reported missing July 9 has been found in the remote southwest corner of Box Elder County.

Brian Ray Skinner, 47, was last in contact with his family July 6 via a text message from the general area where his body was found the evening of July 18, according to a Monday press release from the Box Elder County Sheriff’s Office.

The body was taken to the state Medical Examiner’s Office to determine the cause of death. No foul play is suspected.

“There doesn’t appear to be anything unusual or suspicious,” said Sheriff Lynn Yeates. He declined to comment on the condition of the body pending the autopsy.

The body was located on the northeast side of Lemay Mountain, also known as Lemay Island, at the base of a stretch of the Pilot Mountains, a small mountain range that also extends into Nevada, officials said.

The site was roughly 10 miles north of  the Tooele County line and some five miles east of the Utah-Nevada state line.

Skinner’s vehicle was spotted by an airplane working with the sheriff’s office in the search for Skinner. His red 2005 GMC Sierra crew cab truck was stuck in salt flats. Yeates said it didn’t appear he was camping in the area.

The search covered a1,000 square-mile area in the vicinity of the Pilot Mountains, which the family had reported was Skinner’s last known location. Box Elder, the second largest county in the state, encompasses 6,500 square miles, Yeates said.

The location where the body was found is roughly 90 miles directly southwest of Tremonton, as the crow flies. But driving to the site from Tremonton, where Skinner was living, would likely have covered up to 150 miles.

A family spokesperson last week requested the media not be used to help in the search and asked the Sheriff’s Office not to discuss the case in the public, according to a July 16 press release from the Sheriff’s Office, which concluded: ”We are respecting the family wishes at this point.”

Contact reporter Tim Gurrister at 801-625-4238, Follow him on Twitter at @tgurrister

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