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Investigation Confirms Suspicious Death Of Taylorsville Teen As Homicide

TAYLORSVILLE, Utah — Unified Police said the suspicious death of a 16-year-old in Taylorsville has been confirmed as a homicide.  

Sgt. Melody Cutler with the Unified Police Department said officers were called out to 1623 Elsie Drive shortly after 4 p.m. Wednesday, following the discovery of the teen’s body inside a trailer and a “substantial” amount of blood.  

“We do not have any idea at this point the cause of death, so we’re calling it a suspicious death at this point,” Cutler said.  

Cutler said officers did not find a weapon.  

Early Wednesday evening, police circulated photos on social media in an alert to locate a person of interest.  

Cutler said the person of interest, a 17-year-old boy, was a friend with the deceased and the two had been seen together earlier.  

A patrol officer subsequently located the teen in a nearby parking lot, according to Cutler.  

As of late Wednesday, officers were awaiting a search warrant to take a closer look inside the trailer.  

“They’ve written a warrant to be able to search and then they will go in with the medical examiner’s office and do a forensics exam and be able to make some determinations on what happened here,” said Cutler. 

On Thursday afternoon, Unified Police said the incident was ruled a homicide and that the suspect was taken into custody.

Additional information was not released due to the age of the suspect and victim.

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