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Neighbor finds body of missing elderly man in southern Utah

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Posted at 10:29 PM, Jun 24, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-25 10:46:04-04

SOUTHERN UTAH – A man in his 70s was reportedly found dead in southern Utah Wednesday about eight hours after he had been reported missing.

St. George News reports the man is a resident of Kayenta, which is a small community near St. George, who had gone for a walk around noon after leaving a note for his wife—who was out with some of the couple’s grandchildren at the time.

Several hours later when the man hadn’t returned, his wife became concerned because her husband suffers from some health issues. The woman reported her husband missing, and emergency responders formed a search party.

However, St. George News reports the search party was called off before the search began—as the man’s body was located in an area outside his Kayenta home by a neighbor just before 8 p.m.

The cause of death has not yet been determined, but officials suspect something like heat stroke or a heart attack. The medical examiner will conduct tests to verify the cause of death.

The identity of the man who died has not yet been released.

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