OGDEN -- The identity of a man whose body was found July 28 near railroad tracks in West Haven remains a mystery, but authorities believe he may have ties to Tucson, Ariz., or Elko, Nev.
A prepaid mobile TracFone was found with the man when he was spotted by a railroad operator near the train tracks off West Wilson Lane near the Weber County Transfer Station.
By tracing calls from the device, it has been determined a woman who lives in Elko, Nev., recently gave him and several other transients TracFones in exchange for completing odd jobs, said Weber County Sheriff's Detective Jeremy Rock.
It's also believed the man may have stayed in transient camps in Elko and Tucson and was possibly in Ogden only a couple of days before his death, Rock said.
"He wanted to stay off the grid, and he did a good job," Rock said, adding the man was not carrying any identification.
The victim is described as white, balding, in his 50s with a white beard, between 5 feet 4 and 5 feet 6 and weighing about 140 pounds. He has several tattoos, including a Viking on his left pectoral, an eagle with the number 1 underneath on his right pectoral, and a small Confederate flag in the crook of his right elbow.
There were no immediate signs of foul play, and autopsy results are pending regarding the cause of death.
Anyone with information about the victim's identity or how he died is asked to call Rock at 801-778-6600.