ROY -- Under a gloomy, slate-colored sky, police made the grim discovery Thursday of a body buried in the backyard of a Roy residence.
The body, which is tied to the case of Victor Flores, who has been missing since May 2011, was found around 3 p.m. adjacent to the duplex at 3812 W. 4550 South, said Layton Police Lt. Garret Atkin.
Atkin declined to release details about the condition of the body, whether it was that of a male or female or how deeply beneath the soil it was buried.
A state medical examiner will complete an autopsy to determine the individual's identity and cause of death, Atkin said.
The discovery of the body capped three days of digging by Layton and Roy police.
Excavation equipment was used to slowly dig a hole in the yard. At least eight piles of dirt, some of which had small yellow evidence flags, were deposited in the street behind crime scene tape.
The duplex is in a quiet residential neighborhood.
Layton police were led to the duplex through an investigation into Flores' disappearance, Atkin said. He declined to reveal what specific evidence led police to believe a body was buried there. He also refused to say whether the body appears to be that of Flores, who was 25 when he disappeared.
Flores' family in California reported him missing in May. He had come to Utah from California and texted or called his family almost daily.
Family members came to Layton after they did not hear from Flores for a week and he had not returned calls or texts, police said previously.
A Facebook page for Flores says he left for Utah on May 7, 2011, with an acquaintance who promised a construction job, but he later called home to say the trip had turned out to be "a bad idea" and that he planned to return to California. They also believe that the job offer was bogus.
A few neighbors, who asked not to be identified, have told the Standard-Examiner they had heard rumors that the former resident of the duplex had been seen digging a deep hole on the west side.
Neighbors also said that even though no one has lived in the home for several months, someone has come by and picked up the mail almost daily.
In the early part of the fall, neighbors said, police arrived in the neighborhood in full tactical gear and arrested someone who was living in the house.