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`MISSING’ LAYTON MAN WANTS TO STAY THAT WAY

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A Layton man reported missing in April and found in St. George told police he wanted to remain missing.

Layton Police Detective Dean Ball said police in St. George identified Donald T. Jones, 37, after he was admitted to a hospital there.An LDS Church bishop who said he'd been speaking to Jones over the course of a couple of days told police he had taken Jones to Dixie Regional Medical Center after he began acting strangely.

Jones was admitted there for observation and has since been discharged.

The co-owner of Copy Pro stores in Layton and Salt Lake City was reported missing by family members on April 25 after they checked his apartment and found it apparently ransacked. But police said it looked like somebody had faked the mess.

The missing man's sister, Doris Connelly of Clearfield, said her brother was last seen by his girlfriend in Magna on April 22 when he allegedly told her he was planning to go to Colorado on a business trip.

Ball said the bishop, who contacted Layton police on Friday, said he had done so because he wanted to check out if Jones was really who he claimed to be.

"The bishop didn't know he was missing," Bell said.

Layton police transmitted a photo of Jones to the St. George police and an officer there went to the hospital to verify his identity.

"He told the officer he didn't want anyone to know where he was, that he wanted to stay missing," said Ball, who told family members he was closing the case.