Facebook Twitter

Police issue alert to locate teen in frozen body case

SHARE Police issue alert to locate teen in frozen body case

BOUNTIFUL — Police are looking for an armed teenager in a stolen car after a body was found stuffed inside a freezer in the home where the teen lived with his mother.

An attempt-to-locate broadcast was issued to police agencies statewide on Tuesday and Bountiful Police detectives confirmed to the Deseret Morning News they have named 18-year-old Jeremy Hauck as a suspect in the homicide.

"We're still not sure who's in the freezer, but the detectives feel (Jeremy Hauck) is alive," Lt. Randy Pickett said Tuesday.

Hauck is believed to be driving his mother's blue 2001 Toyota Corolla with temporary tags, mag wheels and a sunroof.

The ATL broadcast suggested that Hauck may be suicidal or attempt suicide by cop. It also said he was armed.

"In the condo, they found empty boxes of .223 ammo," Bountiful Police Lt. Randy Pickett said. "There's a possibility he has 40 rounds with him."

However, police said they still had not identified the body found inside the freezer. Crime scene investigators took the freezer — with the body still inside — to the state medical examiner's office where it continues to thaw.

Police told the Deseret Morning News the body is believed to have been in the freezer for at least three days.

Hauck, and his 50-year-old mother Laura, have not been heard from since Friday. Family members attempted to reach them all weekend, calling and knocking on the door of their townhouse condo. On Monday, they called police.

Officers went into the condo through an upstairs window and found a bloody mattress in the basement. They followed a trail of blood to a 3-foot-by-2-foot freezer in the basement, where they found rotting meat on the floor and a body stuffed inside.

For more information, read tomorrow's edition of the Deseret Morning News.

E-mail: bwinslow@desnews.com