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Police make arrest after finding body

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SANDY — Police arrested a man Monday in connection with the death of a Sandy man whose body is believed to have been found buried in the victim's own back yard.

Police believe the body to be that of Tibor Brown. An autopsy was being performed Monday morning to positively identify the body and determine the cause of death, said Sandy Police Sgt. Kevin Thacker.

Sandy police are investigating the death as a homicide and believe the body to be Brown's, based on evidence gathered at the scene, Thacker said.

Police arrested a business associate of Brown's on Monday, Thacker said.

David W. Stoedter, 35, was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail Monday morning.

Investigators had been searching for Brown since Wednesday. They discovered Brown's truck Sunday at 2 p.m. in Little Cottonwood Canyon, said Michelle Fenley of Sandy police.

After discovering Brown's truck, police received information that led them to Brown's back yard at 2083 E. Newcastle Drive, Fenley said. Police declined to comment on the specific nature of the information.

While digging in Brown's back yard, police found a tarp. Under the tarp, police found some denim material, and after further examination, they believed they had enough evidence to call the medical examiner, Fenley said.

By Sunday night the medical examiner "confirmed to me that the body appears intact. They have not confirmed male or female," Thacker said.

Brown's neighbors said Brown liked to fish, and finding his truck in the canyon "was normal because he spent a lot of time up there," Fenley said.

"His family reported him missing," Thacker said. "They just reported they hadn't heard from him in a little while. They had a pretty good relationship with him and spoke to him regularly. And that's when they contacted us."

Brown lived alone, Thacker said.

Neighbors described Brown as friendly and said they saw nothing suspicious around the home in recent days.

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