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POLICE IDENTIFY BODY OF MAN FOUND IN CREEK

Sheriff's detectives have identified the body of a man that was retrieved Wednesday from an overflow basin on Big Cottonwood Creek.

His name, however, will not be released until officials can notify next of kin. The man was 39 years old and had been living in the Holladay area.Preliminary results from the state medical examiner's autopsy indicate the man drowned. "With some of the injuries, it would appear he was washed downstream," said sheriff's Capt. Mike Wilkinson.

But the victim also had several injuries to his head. More tests are being conducted to determine whether those injuries occurred before he went into the water or if they were caused by tumbling down the creek.

"We don't know if it's a homicide or an accident at this point," said sheriff's Lt. Syd Elliott.

A woman walking her dog in the area located the body in the shallow reservoir basin near 6800 S. 3200 East about 10:45 a.m. Wednesday. Search and Rescue volunteers retrieved the body, which was clad only in a shirt.

Detectives identified the man through fingerprints. He had been living with a friend, but no missing person report had been filed.