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UTA Police speak about missing employee found dead in Wyoming

Posted at 1:08 PM, May 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-18 19:31:36-04

SALT LAKE CITY - Utah Transit Authorities said missing employee Kay Ricks, who was found dead in Wyoming, will be greatly missed by the organization and all who knew him.

Here's the statement UTA sent Fox 13 News:

On behalf of UTA employees, we are saddened to confirm the death of Kay Ricks. Kay was a beloved and respected member of the UTA family and will be missed by all of us. Our sympathies go to the Ricks family, and we will focus on offering them support during this difficult time. We will continue to cooperate fully with authorities as they investigate this incident.
Kay’s coworkers describe him as a pleasure to be around and note that he was always first to offer his assistance. Today UTA will remember his service by dispatching additional UTA police officers to travel to Wyoming to escort Kay’s body home to Utah.

During a press conference, UTA Police Chief Fred Ross said four UTA employees will be escorting Ricks' body back home to Utah, and six others will remain in Wyoming to assist in the ongoing investigation.

“We as an agency, and particularly the police department, will escort his body back to Utah this evening," Ross said. "It’s a show of respect. He’s a member of UTA, which employs 2,400 employees, and there’s not one of us that don’t have a heavy heart at this time.”

Timeline: Events from Centerville family kidnapping to UTA worker found dead in Wyoming