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2 men in custody after man’s body found in Utah’s West Desert

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NEPHI — Police have arrested two men believed to have been involved in the killing of a 50-year-old Santaquin man on Friday.

Locals reported that a man had been shot and his body dumped somewhere in the West Desert of Juab County, according to Juab County Sheriff Douglas Anderson.

Investigations by multiple agencies led to the discovery of the body of Michael Caussey along the Brush Wellman Highway. Anderson did not mention a motive for the killing, but said two men have been arrested.

Troy Pexton, 56, of Nephi, was questioned and ultimately arrested for investigation of murder, obstruction of justice and abuse or desecration of a dead human body.

A second Nephi man, Scott Blackett, 41, was taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries that were not life-threatening and was later arrested for investigation of abuse or desecration of a dead human body.

Both men have been booked into the Juab County Jail as the investigation continues.