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Provo woman’s death not being investigated as homicide

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Posted at 12:03 PM, Apr 04, 2014
and last updated 2014-04-04 14:03:49-04

PROVO, Utah — Provo police said Friday a 20-year-old woman’s death that was originally called “suspicious” is not being investigated as a homicide.

On Thursday morning, officials with the Utah County Sheriff’s Office found the body of Hadley Boberg in Provo Canyon.

According to UCSO Lt. Shawn Chipman, Boberg’s parents had reported her missing on Wednesday night.

Boberg had told her parents she was headed to Hobble Creek Canyon on Wednesday, but a search of the area led investigators to the south fork area, where her Jeep was found in a parking lot and her body, about 100 yards away, in the middle of a trail.

“There are some suspicious factors surrounding it,” Chipman said.

One of the most confusing things officials discovered was that Boberg’s friend was just sitting inside her Jeep when police arrived. They found him in the passenger side of her car, barefoot and freezing.

While investigators believe the two had been drinking, it’s unclear what happened afterward.

“It appears that alcohol may have been a factor in her death,” Chipman said. “It sounds like they came camping up here last night, and we’re trying to figure out what happened after that point until this morning when we found her.”

The questions surrounding the case brought friends to the scene, looking for answers.

“I had to drive up here and kind of see it for myself,” said Geoffrey Harmon, who has known Boberg for only about a year. “Really cool girl, always fun, up for an adventure, do something crazy.”

He had spoken with her on Wednesday afternoon, never expecting it would be the last time he did.

“I wasn’t able to hang out with her, wish I had now, Harmon said. “But she tried to call me last night at about 5:30 p.m. I never answered. And then, guess now, I won’t hear from her.”

Authorities said Boberg’s friend was taken to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center to be treated for possible frostbite.