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Derek Petersen, Deseret News
Police are investigating a body found in a surplus canal in West Valley City. Several teenagers found the body while they were walking to school.

WEST VALLEY CITY — A group of students walking to school spotted the body of a West Valley man in a canal Friday.

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The man was identified as Richard Anthony Byrd, 43. West Valley Police Sgt. Mike Powell said an autopsy will be key in determining a cause of death. He estimated the man had been dead for 24 hours or less when his body was found.

Just before 7 a.m., a group of juveniles were being walked to school by an adult when they spotted the body in the canal near 5800 South and 4100 West. Police were contacted, and a dive team was dispatched, Powell said. 

The dive team found the body partially submerged in the water and caught on debris, he said.

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