The body of a Cedar City man believed to have been bludgeoned to death with a tire iron and jack was found Wednesday morning approximately 25 miles south of Fillmore, officials say.

The body of Gordon Ray Church, 28, was found in a field approximately one-half mile from I-15 exit 138 in an area known as Dog Valley. Millard County Sheriff Ed Phillips said deputies received a tip early Wednesday about a possible slaying and discovered the body just before daylight. Authorities believe the slaying occurred sometime Monday.Phillips said a 1978 Thunderbird belonging to Church was found abandoned near 38th South and 22nd West in West Valley City Wednesday. The vehicle had blood splattered on the bumper and in the trunk.

One suspect in the slaying is in Iron County Jail on unrelated charges and another suspect has been questioned, Phillips said.