Suspect arrested, charged with 1st-degree criminal homicide in Sandy woman’s death

Jan Pearson-Jenkins. Photo: Sandy Police Department
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JUAB COUNTY, Utah, Oct. 13, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — An arrest has been made in the death of a Sandy woman whose body is believed to have been found Saturday in the Silver City area of Juab County.

A news release from the Juab County Sheriff’s Office late Saturday night states that Cody Young, 42, has been arrested in the death of Jan Pearson-Jenkins. 

Young was booked into the Juab County Jail on a charge of criminal homicide, a first-degree felony.

According to the news release, the Sandy City Police Department contacted the JCSO on Oct. 10, requesting help in a missing person case.

It was believed that Pearson-Jenkins, 64, had been camping with Cody Young in the Silver City area on Oct. 5. Sandy Police investigators said the woman had been left in the area by Young, and provided the sheriff’s office with GPS coordinates for where she had been dropped off, reportedly at about 11 p.m. Oct. 5. 

Several searches were subsequently conducted, and on Saturday a coordinated search was planned with the sheriff’s office, Juab County Search and Rescue and members of the victim’s family and friends, the release says.

At 10:57 a.m. Saturday, a campsite was found, along with evidence indicating it was the spot where the victim and Cody Young had been camping.

About 45 minutes later, a female body was found within a mile of the suspected campsite.

Investigators were called to process the scene, and the body was transported to the Office of the Medical Examiner to be positively identified.

In an earlier news release from Sandy City police, officials said that Cody Alexander Young had texted Pearson-Jenkins’ family, saying the two had argued, and he had left her at their rural campsite.

On Saturday afternoon, Utah State Parks rangers took Young into custody near Yuba State Park, after spotting his vehicle, which was being sought in the woman’s disappearance.

Detectives interviewed Young at the Juab County Jail, where he was later booked on the criminal homicide charge.


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