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Search teams find body near crashed pickup in Southern Utah

Posted at 7:54 PM, Dec 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-04 21:54:52-05

ST. GEORGE, Utah — An investigation by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was underway in the Warner Valley area Friday, after search and rescue teams found a body near a pickup truck that reportedly crashed off a cliff the day before, St. George News reports.

Washington County Sheriff’s Sgt. Nate Abbott said several calls into emergency dispatch reported a vehicle that appeared to have crashed in a remote area of Warner Valley east of the Southern Parkway off Warner Valley Road.

Due to the ruggedness of the terrain and the desolate location where the vehicle was located, Washington County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue was called in to assist. Rescue teams made their way to the area and arrived to find a white pickup perched on the side of a hill more than 200 feet below the edge of a cliff.

When search teams reached the heavily-damaged pickup, they found it unoccupied.

At that point, rescuers continued searching for several hours in the surrounding area for any possible occupants. Shortly before midnight, the search was called off.

Friday morning, rescue teams returned to the area and found the driver’s body, a mid-30s male, approximately 200-300 yards from the vehicle.

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