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SLCPD investigating possible homicide after 20-year-old found dead in industrial area

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Posted at 8:55 PM, Feb 14, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-15 21:04:15-05

SALT LAKE CITY — Police are investigating a woman's death Monday that they consider suspicious.

Monday evening around 6:30 p.m., police received a report of a body found near 1715 W. 200 South — an industrial area near the intersection of I-80 and Redwood Road.

Officers arrived and confirmed that the woman was dead. Police later identified her as 20-year-old Destiny Chismar.

Homicide detectives are investigating the case, although the woman's cause of death is not yet known.

Police are asking anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in the area to call them at 801-799-3000 and reference case number 22-27729. They also ask any businesses in the area to check their security cameras for any footage that may help the investigation.

A police department spokesperson said investigators will have to work backwards to build a timeline and figure out when and how Chismar died, and how her body got to the area where it was found.

Police said they do not believe there is a threat to the public.

This is the third incident in a week where a person was found dead in the Salt Lake area under what police called suspicious circumstances.

Last Monday, police in South Salt Lake said they were investigating the "suspicious unattended death" of an infant. Then on Friday, 19-year-old University of Utah student Zhifan Dong was found dead in a motel room, and 26-year-old Haoyu Wang was later arrested on suspicion of killing her.