AMERICAN FORK, Utah - Spokesman Richard Massey for the family of UTA employee Kay Ricks, who was found dead in Wyoming, said the family is "sincerely grateful" for the support they have been getting from the Utah community and beyond.
However, the family is asking for privacy at this difficult time.
Ricks' loved ones said they are touched by the yellow ribbons popping up around the community in memory of Ricks. The ribbons first went up last week when the man was reported missing.
The family has set up a fund at Wells Fargo, the Kay Porter Ricks Memorial Scholarship Fund, which will help his six grandchildren with their higher education.
"We are confident that the body that has been found, is that of Kay Ricks," Massey said.
UTA eventually confirmed the body is that of Ricks, and police have said they are investigating the death as a homicide.
Massey said at this time the family is focused on supporting each other rather than dwelling on thoughts of revenge or anger.
"They're not angry with anyone, they're not mad at anyone, they don't want revenge on anybody: They are just trying to stay together as a family and support each other," he said.
The family sent Fox 13 this statement:
The Ricks family has been overwhelmed with the community’s kindness and love as they grieve over the loss of their devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend. The family takes comfort in their faith and knowledge that though Kay’s body may be dead, they know he lives and that they will see him again.