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Found body likely identified

The Summit County Sheriff’s Office believes the human body found in a Spring Creek backyard on April 28 is Magdaleno Godinez, a 27-year-old man who went missing last December.

Godinez, from Mexico, was renting a room from relatives in Spring Creek. The Park Record previously reported Godinez was last seen at 2 a.m. on Dec. 21 and was reported missing after he failed to show up at work, a construction job. He had lived in the Park City area for four years.

According to a press release from the Sheriff’s Office, the body found by Don Armstrong has not been positively identified as Godinez. The Utah State Crime Lab is in a process to identify the body through fingerprints that will take up to two weeks.

On Monday, Armstrong said his neighbors had seen the remains and believed it was Godinez. The Sheriff Office declined to comment on Monday, but on Wednesday said detectives believe it is him.

"Between the time the victim was last seen and the time he was reported missing, the Park City area received heavy snowfall which made the search difficult," the press release explained, adding, "The death is not suspicious in nature as the body did not show signs of injury or trauma before death."


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