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Police identify man found electrocuted at state building in Salt Lake City

Posted at 9:25 AM, Aug 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-29 15:23:57-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- A man was found dead, apparently electrocuted, at a state building in downtown Salt Lake City Tuesday morning after he didn't return from work Monday night.

Police identified the deceased Wednesday as 33-year-old Travis Stoddard.

Sgt. Brandon Shearer of the Salt Lake City Police Department said Stoddard  was found Tuesday but they believe he died Monday while working on the Utah State Archives and Records Service building at 346 South Rio Grande Street.

“It appears that this actually happened yesterday," Shearer said Tuesday morning. "There was a subcontractor working on the state archive building, and it appeared that he was electrocuted.”

Police say the man's family became concerned when he did not come home from work Monday.

“When he didn’t come home last night, a family member called," Shearer said. "This morning when workers returned to the area, they were looking for him and they located the victim in this case.”

Stoddard was found on top of a cooler inside the building, which is under construction.

Shearer said police will investigate the fatal accident and OSHA will conduct a separate investigation.

Shearer said Stoddard a subcontractor working on the state records building, but he did not have more specific information about who the man worked for.

Fox 13 News will update this story as more details emerge.