The body of an unidentified female discovered by campers in the Dock Flat area south of Mantua Friday night has been positively identified as that of Jenny Atkinson, a 31-year-old Brigham City woman, who has been missing since mid-July.
Kevin Potter, chief deputy with the Box Elder sheriff’s department, said an autopsy by the Utah State Medical Examiner’s Office on the decomposed remains found in a steep ravine, as well as some unique tattoos found on the body, helped officials made the identification. No cause of death has yet been determined, and further tests are being run, Potter said.
Atkinson, a single mother with cerebral palsy, was last seen on July 17, when she dropped off her 12-year-old son at a friend’s house. At the time, she was driving a small blue Scion. Potter said that car was found by a family friend about 300 yards from where the body was recovered and he reported it to the family earlier on Friday. It was about 6 p.m., Friday night, when a group of young campers playing in the ravine came upon the remains and called 9-1-1. Search and Rescue was called on to bring out the body. Both events happened independent of each other, Potter said.
He also noted that two separate investigations had been ongoing, one being the missing person’s case handled by the Brigham City police department after her disappearance was reported July 23, and the other being the discovery of the body, conducted under the authority of the sheriff’s office.
“We will now be putting our information together on this and following up on any and all leads,” Potter concluded.