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John DOE-Juab County

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On April 25, 1941, a shepherd taking his sheep through the mountains of Salt Creek Canyon in Nephi Canyon (Nephi, Utah) found the body of a man along us Hwy 189 (now known as u-132) in a patch of oak brush. The body was located about 2.5 to 3 miles from Nephi, midway between the U. S. Gypsum Company plant and the Nephi municipal power plant (no longer there). The body was badly decomposed and it was estimated he had been dead about 6 weeks. there were no external or internal signs of injury, so it was determined the man likely died of natural causes, such as a heart attack. He was laying under an oak tree covered by a canvas tarp in a sleeping position. the man was described as white/caucasian, about 65 to 70 years old, at least 6 feet tall, and had black hair with grey mixed throughout. He was wearing a Gray Stetson hat with the letters “jhk” perforated into the band, a black overcoat, overalls, and a tan pair of trousers underneath the overalls. a Los Angeles Times newspaper front page dated April 23rd, 1941 was found in one of his pockets. a “hobo’s bag” was found nearby but no identification was located, and he was never identified. he was buried in the Nephi cemetery (now the vine bluff cemetery) on about June 24th, 1941. Information came from Newspaper Articles.

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