Body found in Arizona Strip believed to be that of missing Santa Clara man

Posted at 12:13 PM, Aug 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-19 23:15:45-04

SANTA CLARA, Utah - A body found on the Arizona Strip is believed to be that of missing Santa Clara man, David Heisler, according to the Santa-Clara - Ivins Public Safety Department.

A BLM geologist found the body Thursday afternoon, Aug, 18.  It was sent to the Mohave County Medical Examiner's Office in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, Santa Clara-Ivins spokesman, Officer Chad Holt said.

Heisler family spokesman and private investigator, E. Christian Warmsley,  said the body was still bound, and that there were injuries to the body.

"We believe it`s him," Warmsley said. He said Heisler's disappearance came after Heisler won a two-year custody battle over his daughter.

The court awarded Heisler custody on June 13, Warmsley said.

"Couple weeks later, David Heisler was taken out of his home by force, assaulted, kidnapped and taken to an unknown location," he said.

Heisler went missing from his Santa Clara home June 27. A search effort ensued, but ended with no clues.

Authorities did find Heisler's car, abandoned, in Arizona.

Three arrests were been made in connection with Heisler's disappearance.

Warmsley said the family is emotional and grateful to law enforcement, and that they now hope the law will hold those involved accountable.

"It`s time for them to be responsible for what they did," Warmsley said.