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Body found in Bountiful, police consider death ‘suspicious’

Feb 2, 2024, 2:15 PM | Updated: 7:07 pm

BOUNTIFUL — A body was found near 1800 South and Bountiful Boulevard Friday morning.

The Bountiful Police Department said at approximately 8 a.m., a passerby reported seeing a woman’s body approximately 8 to 10 feet off Muller Park Road in a wooded area.

When police arrived, the woman was unresponsive. The woman was taken to Lakeview Hospital but died a short time later.

Police confirmed the woman was 47-year-old April Marie Bowden, who was reported missing on Jan. 31, and someone officers had been looking for.

“She’s not from that part of the city. She has no reason to be up in that part of the city, especially with the inclement weather we’ve had over the past couple of days,” said Lt. Andrew Smith with The Bountiful Police Department. “And then the manner of how she was found is definitely suspicious.”

Smith could not go into any injuries Bowden may have had, but he said there is no indication that she was hit by a car and just left on the side of the road.

He said detectives are working as quickly as possible to find answers for Bowden’s family.

“It’s tragic for her family and all those involved, and now we are going to put the pieces of the puzzle together to hopefully find answers and solutions for them,” Smith said.

As Bountiful police try to piece together a timeline of when Bowden arrived in the area and who may have been with her, they’re asking residents near Bountiful Boulevard and Muller Park Road to check their security or doorbell cameras and report anything that may appear connected.

In the meantime, police continued their investigation into how she died.

“The medical examiner will determine the cause of death and give us more information as to how she got to that area, the injuries she may have suffered or may not have suffered, and then the ultimate cause of death,” Smith said.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated as information becomes available. 

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Body found in Bountiful, police consider death ‘suspicious’