A West Bountiful man missing for nine days was found alive and well Saturday.
Rex L. Maughan, 56, who was last seen leaving a church campout in Morgan County the morning of June 9, was discovered living in a trailer in Iron County.It was unclear Saturday evening, however, whether Maughan was going to return home. West Bountiful Chief Wayne Jeppson, who spoke with Maughan Saturday morning, was unavailable for comment late Saturday.
A Job Service employee reading a newspaper account of Maughan's disappearance called the Iron County sheriff's office about 8 p.m. Friday to report that he had seen the missing man.
Maughan, bishop of a West Bountiful ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and a former West Bountiful City Council member, had apparently applied for jobs, using his real name, in Washington and Iron counties, landing one at the Sunshine Truck Stop in the town of Summit, about 10 miles north of Cedar City, sources said.
The sheriff's office confirmed his identity, located his truck and found he had rented a trailer to live in. The sheriff's office then notified Jeppson, who traveled with his son to Cedar City Friday night.
Jeppson confronted Maughan about 6 a.m. Saturday but Maughan said he wasn't going to return home, said Morgan County Sheriff Burt Holbrook.
"There are a lot of things that we don't know and that we'll never know about it," said Holbrook. "I'm just glad that nothing bad happened to him."
In the days following his disappearance, dozens of friends, fellow church members and law enforcement personnel conducted ground and air searches over a large portion of northern Utah and parts of Wyoming.