Body found near West Valley City canal after children spot shoe with ‘bone sticking out of it’

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WEST VALLEY CITY, April 27, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — West Valley City has released preliminary information about remains recovered after a group of local children, playing near a canal, spotted a “shoe with a bone sticking out of it.”

“On April 22, 2018 (Sunday), a mother called and reported that her children had been playing in a canal near their house and had seen a shoe with a bone sticking out of it,” said a statement released Friday by West Valley City police.

“The mother said that her children play with a group of kids, ages ranging from 5 to 13 years old, and that they had seen this a week prior and had just told her.”

Officers responded to the canal, in the area of 2700 South 2500 West, “and could see what appeared to be human remains caught up in a debris pile, in the middle of the canal where the aqueduct goes under I-215 and feeds into Decker Lake.”

Members of the Utah State Dive team responded to the scene Tuesday, and recovered what appeared to be the remains of an adult male, the statement says.

“The Medical Examiners’ Office has the remains and they are working on a DNA match and a height and age range,” the statement says. The Carbon County Sheriff’s Office Cadaver Dog Team arrived on April 25, and “ran the length of the canal in an attempt to find any other remains, and they were unsuccessful.”

No additional information has been released pending the results of the Medical Examiner’s investigation.

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