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Grief counselors available at local high school after student’s body found in area of Corner Canyon

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Posted at 5:13 PM, May 28, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-28 23:37:17-04

DRAPER, Utah -- Counselors have been made available at Corner Canyon High School Thursday night after the body of a 17-year-old student was found in the Corner Canyon area.

Officials at the scene said the teen's body was found in the area between the Ghost Falls and Coyote Hollow trailheads. Sgt. Chad Carpenter of the Draper Police Department said the report came in at about 3:45 p.m.

“They responded to the scene and located a deceased teenage male in the Corner Canyon area, somewhere in between the Ghost Falls trailhead and the Coyote trailhead," he said.

Carpenter said the teenager has been identified and his family has been notified, but since he is a minor they are not releasing his name. He did say the local high school has counselors available to speak to those struggling to cope with the death.

“The young man is a student at Corner Canyon High School, and we have notified the school and they have grief counselors set up at the school at this time if any students, or even parents, would like to go there and receive counseling," Carpenter said.

The cause of death remains under investigation, and around 8:30 p.m. the medical examiner was seen leaving the scene along with the teen's body.

“I can’t speak to the cause, at this point,” Carpenter said. “It still is under investigation. But, it’s just a tragedy all the way around. Anytime a young person loses their life, it’s a tragedy.”

Carpenter said they are able to offer few details at this point.

“Anytime someone passes away that is not what you would consider an ordinary death, [anytime you have] an unattended death: We always treat it as a suspicious death," Carpenter said. "Other than that, that’s all I can really tell you about this incident at this time.”

Carpenter added there is no indication of danger to others in the area.

“There’s no reason for anyone to be concerned for their safety," he said. "There is no indication that there is a person up there causing havoc and discontent.”

Carpenter said the incident remains under investigation.

“Hopefully we will be able to give more information once we’ve discussed things with the medical examiner, and so forth," he said.