Comparison of dental records has identified a man whose body was found in a shallow grave near the Fairfield cemetery.
Utah County Sheriff's Department Lt. Frank Wall said the state medical examiner's office identified the fully clothed body as being that of a white male from the Salt Lake area in his late 30s who has been missing for almost two years. The man's name was not released pending notification of out-of-state relatives.The body, which was wrapped in a tent, was discovered by three pheasant hunters early Saturday evening west of Allen's Ranch Road.
The medical examiner's office also discovered the cause of death, and the case is being treated as a homicide. Officials believe the death took place elsewhere and have leads on suspects, Wall said.
"If we were to release the cause of death or more specific information, it could damage the case. We have quite a few substantial leads that we're checking on.
"As far as searching the area, I don't know that we'll do much more extensive work there. We don't believe the act took place there," Wall said.