Police identify body found at hot pots in Ogden Canyon

Aug 8 2011 - 11:23pm

OGDEN -- The Weber County Sheriff's Office has identified a man whose body was found Saturday morning in the hot pots at the mouth of Ogden Canyon.

The victim is 61-year-old Reynold Steggell, who was from the Ogden area, said Detective Josh Gard.

Steggell's white Honda Prelude was found Saturday morning parked near the entrance to the hot pots.

The car's trunk was filled with Steggell's belongings, indicating he had possibly been living out of the vehicle, Gard said.

There is no indication that Steggell was a victim of foul play, Gard said, adding that an autopsy performed Sunday did not reveal an immediate cause of death. Authorities are still awaiting results of a toxicology report.

A fisherman found Steggell's body in the hot pots around 8:20 a.m. Saturday and called 911.

It's believed Steggell went to the hot pots alone and had been there only a few hours when his body was found, Gard said. The temperature of the hot pots, which are part of a natural hot-water spring, measures about 100 degrees, he added.

The hot pots, which are popular with the public, are fed by a hose from a concrete collection system, according to the Utah Outdoor Activities website, www.utahoutdooractivities.com.

The hot pots had been closed by the Weber-Morgan Health Department following the discovery of Steggell's body, but were reopened Monday afternoon.

The hot pots underwent some minor cleaning as a safety precaution, said Lori Buttars, a spokeswoman for the Weber-Morgan Health Department.

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