PRICE — An autopsy was being conducted Wednesday to determine how a Helper man found in the basement of a burning drug house died.
Investigators were hopeful that once the autopsy is complete, additional information can be released about the suspicious incident.
The body of Brian William Swink, 32, was found in the basement of 423 S. 200 West in Price just before 11 a.m. Tuesday after neighbors called the fire department upon seeing smoke coming from the structure. Police said the home is a known drug house.
Price Police Capt. Bill Barnes declined to say Wednesday whether Swink's body was burned or if there were any other obvious signs of trauma. He also did not reveal where in the house the fire was believed to have started or where it was in relation to the body.
Three people considered to be "persons of interest" by detectives, who were known to be associated with the house, were all found nearby and taken into custody. One man was being held in the Carbon County Jail on a 72-hour hold for Adult Probation and Parole. A woman was also being held on an identical hold as well as having outstanding warrants. A second man was being held in connection with the incident, but Barnes declined to say what he was being investigated for.
One of the men in custody has an extensive criminal history, including 41 arrests and 30 convictions, and he has been involved in "a lot of violence," according to police.
Officers served search warrants on the house where the fire started on Tuesday afternoon as well as one across the street, 432 S. 200 West.
Court records show Swink himself had served prison time. He was convicted of aggravated robbery in 2000 and sentenced to five years to life in the Utah State Prison. He was convicted of an amended charge of attempted burglary in 2009. Swink was also charged just last week in Helper Justice Court with criminal mischief and threat of violence and was in the Carbon County Jail as recently as last week in connection with the case.
Swink was first sent to prison in 1999. He spent several stints in and out of prison, according to Utah Department of Corrections officials. He was last discharged on Oct. 1, 2013.
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