MANTUA -- A man is awaiting official identification from the Box Elder County Sheriff's Office but is certain the body of a woman found Friday night in a ravine near Dock Flats Campground is his missing 31-year-old daughter, Jenny Atkinson.
"The stressful part has been not knowing where she was," Art Atkinson, of Brigham City, said Sunday night.
Jenny Atkinson has been missing since July 17, when she dropped her 12-year-old son off at a friend's house and never returned, her father said.
Friends organized a search, and Jennifer Atkinson's Toyota Scion was found Friday night at the Dock Flats Campground. The body of a woman was found about 300 yards away from the vehicle.
The body was taken to the State Medical Examiner's Office in Salt Lake City for an autopsy and positive identification.
The woman's identity may not be released until Tuesday, authorities said Sunday.
Art Atkinson is puzzled as to why his daughter would go to the Dock Flats Campground. There are several deep ruts in the road leading to the campground and Jenny Atkinson, who has cerebral palsy, probably would not have gone there because her car is low to the ground, he said.
"I don't think she would want to be going up there," he said. "We think maybe someone else was with her, but we don't know."
Art Atkinson said his daughter was typically happy and had been taking courses at Bridgerland Applied Technology College in Logan in hopes of becoming an accountant.
She wasn't known to disappear, he added.
Services for Jenny Atkinson are tentatively set for 11 a.m. Friday at Gillies Funeral Chapel, 634 E. 200 South, Brigham City. Family will greet friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral chapel. Interment will be in Brigham City Cemetery.