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Spanish Fork man found dead after UTV crash east of Salem

Dayne Brady Stone
Posted at 3:00 PM, Nov 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-06 17:00:34-05

SALEM, Utah — The body of a Spanish Fork man who was reported missing Wednesday has been recovered in the foothills east of Salem.

According to the Utah County Sheriff's Office, 28-year-old Dayne Brady Stone was riding a "side-by-side" UTV when it went off a trail.

Stone's family reported him missing around 8:45 p.m. Wednesday. Stone's family and friends searched several local canyons but were unable to locate him.

Spanish Fork Police contacted Stone's cellphone service provider, who reported a ping on Stone's phone showed it was in a four mile-wide area near Salem.

The Utah County Search and Rescue team began a ground and air search in the Water Canyon area on Thursday morning.

"Pilots with SAR located what they thought was wreckage of a side-by-side in a steep ravine a short distance from a nearby water tank in Water Canyon. Ground teams went to the area and found the wreckage of the side-by-side," a news release from the Utah County Sheriff's Office said. "Ground teams went to the area and found the wreckage of the side-by-side."

Crews located Stone's body a short distance from the wreckage around 12:15 p.m.

According to the Sheriff's Office, it appears Stone had been driving on a steep, narrow trail and the side-by-side may have hit a rock, causing it to go over the edge and roll into the ravine.

"The side-by-side was completely demolished and [Stone] suffered extensive and significant trauma over most of his body. It is most likely he was killed on impact as he began to roll down the mountainside," the news release said.

The Sheriff's Office said Stone was wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash.