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Body of man found near Jordan River bottoms identified

Published: Thursday, July 30 2015 7:02 a.m. MDT

Unified Police investigate the scene where a body was found near the Jordan River Friday, July 12, 2013. The body has been identified as that of 40-year-old Justin C. Huntsman. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News) Unified Police investigate the scene where a body was found near the Jordan River Friday, July 12, 2013. The body has been identified as that of 40-year-old Justin C. Huntsman. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

WHITE CITY — Investigators have identified the badly decomposed body of a man found near the Jordan River bottoms on Friday.

A cause of death had not been determined as of Tuesday. But detectives do not believe Justin C. Huntsman, 40, died as a result of homicide. He was reported missing to Draper police on June 30 and his name was placed on national police databases.

Huntsman's body was discovered by a motorist who got stuck in the mud in the area of 700 West and 9000 South. His body was so decomposed that investigators initially could not tell if the victim was a man or a woman.

Unified Police Lt. Justin Hoyal said Tuesday the autopsy was not yet completed and investigators were hoping they would know a cause of death once it was done.

Unified Police investigate the scene where a body was found near the Jordan River Friday, July 12, 2013. The body has been identified as that of 40-year-old Justin C. Huntsman. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News) Unified Police investigate the scene where a body was found near the Jordan River Friday, July 12, 2013. The body has been identified as that of 40-year-old Justin C. Huntsman. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

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