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South Summit man found deceased in his trunk last week

A 23-year-old South Summit man was found deceased in the trunk of his car last week, according to Sergeant Ron Bridge.

Summit County Sheriff’s deputies found the victim on Hoyt’s Canyon Road in Marion Thursday, Feb. 19 at approximately 12 p.m. after he was reported missing earlier in the day.

According to Bridge, deputies were given locations the man commonly frequented and the information led to the discovery of his vehicle.

The investigation showed the seat in the back of the car had been pulled down to allow access from the passenger compartment to the trunk, where he was located.

Bridge said deputies found evidence of drugs in both the passenger compartment and the trunk.

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According to Bridge, the man had been reported as being psychologically unstable by his Adult Probation Officer and deputies were asked to be on the lookout for him and his car.

An autopsy will be performed by the State Medical Examiner in Salt Lake City.

Park City massage therapist pleads guilty

A 41-year-old Park City massage therapist pled guilty this week to attempted forcible sexual abuse and unlawful massage practice during a June massage.

Brian Vincent Mecham, of Park City, pled guilty in Summit County’s Third District Court on Monday to one count of attempted forcible sexual abuse and one count of unlawful massage therapy.

Attempted forcible sexual abuse is a third-degree felony, while unlawful massage therapy is a class A misdemeanor. Attempted forcible sexual abuse, which is the most serious charge, is punishable by a prison sentence of up to five years and a $5,000 fine upon conviction.

The case stems from a June 3 massage Mecham gave at a massage business in Park City in which he became inappropriate with a female client.

Following the massage, the woman reported the incident to the Park City Police Department.

According to court documents, Mecham repeatedly apologized to the victim via text messaging, acknowledging that his conduct was "unprofessional and inappropriate."

Mecham is scheduled to be sentenced on April 13.

SAR deployed twice on Sunday for missing people

The Summit County Search and Rescue team was deployed twice on Sunday, Feb. 22 to assist two agencies in locating three missing people.

The SAR team was deployed early Sunday after receiving a call for assistance from Wasatch County Search and Rescue to locate two snowmobilers from Sandy who had failed to arrive at their destination.

Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue liaison Alan Siddoway said 13 team members were deployed on snowmobiles and two members were deployed on a snowcat vehicle. The missing men were located at approximately 10:45 a.m.

Also on Sunday, the Summit County Sheriff’s dispatch center received a call at approximately 6 p.m. for a welfare check on a man who had driven to Pine Mountain Drive in Tollgate and had gotten stuck. The man had driven up a snowmobile track in his truck.

SAR was asked to assist because of the limited access to the location, Siddoway said.

According to sheriff’s logs, when deputies arrived at the man’s truck, a note was found stating that he had left to seek shelter in a shed at Mount Lewis Lodge located in Lewis Peak Ranches. Within a couple of hours, he was located.

Siddoway said the man was "obviously cold," but was able to be released by medical personnel.

"Both incidents had excellent conclusions to them," Siddoway said.