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Male ‘person of interest’ in custody after body discovered in Juab County near Eureka

Posted at 4:35 PM, Oct 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-14 00:11:31-04

EUREKA, Utah -- A male "person of interest" was taken into custody Saturday in Juab County after a body believed to be a missing woman was found near Eureka.

Juab County Undersheriff Brent Pulver said the man was detained for questioning after being located by sheriff's officials.

Though sheriff's officials did not confirm that the body that was found Saturday was Jan Pearson-Jenkins, who was last seen Oct. 4 when she left on a camping trip with Cody Young, they stated they believed it was her.

Young and Pearson-Jenkins went camping in the Silver City/Eureka area, officials said. Young allegedly contacted Pearson-Jenkins' brother and told him he had kicked her out of his van after the two had a fight.

Young was said to likely be driving a van with Arizona plates, number CGA3392.

Pulver said sheriff's officials also located a vehicle during their investigation, but would not confirm to Fox 13 if it was a van.

This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.