Mill Creek body ID’d as that of Paul Swenson of American Fork

Paul Swenson. Photo: Facebook

SOUTH SALT LAKE, Utah, Aug. 14, 2017 (Gephardt Daily) — The remains found Sunday in the waters of Mill Creek have been identified as those of Paul Swenson, missing from American Fork for more than two weeks.

Swenson’s family posted the news late Monday afternoon.

“Our family has learned the heart-wrenching news that the body of our beloved Paul Heiner Swenson has been found,” the Facebook post states. “We are deeply pained to have our most dreaded fear confirmed.

“We have been working with law enforcement closely over the past weeks as they search for answers. Thank you for your prayers for Paul and our whole family. We are asking for privacy as our family takes the time to absorb this tragic news and to mourn.

“We want to express our deepest gratitude to you as our community. Your support has lifted us. Please pray for us.”

A statement by the South Salt Lake Police Department said the body was positively identified as Swenson’s by the Medical Examiner’s Office, and that was no evidence of foul play. Further testing will be done to confirm the cause of death, the statement said.

Swenson, 30, a husband and the father of a baby daughter, had gone missing on July 27 after complaining of chest pains and acting oddly, his family said. He left for an appointment in Salt Lake City.

Swenson’s SUV was found the next day near Parkview Elementary, 970 S. Emery St. (about 1150 West), in Salt Lake City.

A major search had been conducted by police, and two American Fork detectives were assigned full time to the case. A Facebook page called Bring Paul Home has drawn close to 15,000 followers.

Swenson’s body was found Sunday afternoon, caught up in debris in Mill Creek.

“We want to express our deepest gratitude to you as our community,” the family Facebook post says. “Your support has lifted us. Please pray for us.”

Source: Facebook/Bring Paul Home

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