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Body found in South Jordan related to Thanksgiving shooting

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

SOUTH JORDAN — A body discovered by construction workers arriving at work Monday morning is related to a holiday shooting, police say.

The body of Joshua Perez-Garcia, 26, of Kearns, was found in a field near 11000 South and 6200 West, near a residential construction site about 7:50 a.m. Monday. South Jordan police say Perez-Garcia was their main suspect in a shooting that took place at a house party in South Jordan on Thanksgiving morning that injured three people.

Perez-Garcia did suffer gunshot wounds that police do not believe were self-inflicted, and detectives do not believe he died of natural causes, South Jordan Police Lt. Matt Pennington said. However, until an autopsy scheduled for Tuesday is completed, police were only calling Perez-Garcia’s death “suspicious” on Monday and not a possible homicide.

The body was discovered after the construction crew’s first day back following a four-day weekend. Pennington said the body was covered with snow and is believed to have been there for several days.

Three men were shot about 2:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving near South Jordan Parkway and the Mountain View Corridor. Pennington said detectives would be reinterviewing people from that incident to determine whether Perez-Garcia’s death was related, and whether officers were given the full story the first time people were questioned.

Perez-Garcia had a history of DUI, drug possession and fleeing from police, according to court records. He was convicted of failing to stop at the command of policer about a year ago.

A warrant was issued for his arrest on Monday for probation violation for being the suspected shooter in the Nov. 28 incident, according to court records. A violation report filed by Adult Probation and Parole in support of the warrant noted that “Mr. Perez-Garcia is not responding to any phone calls or text messages and South Jordan police have been unable to locate him at his residence.”