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Summit County Investigating Why Man Was Found Stranded and Nearly Naked on Easter Sunday

Summit County Sheriff's Office

The Summit County Attorney’s Office is still reviewing the case of a man who was found stranded and nearly naked along Interstate 80 near the Wyoming border on Easter Sunday.


Sheriff’s Lt. Andrew Wright told KPCW that on April 4, shortly after 9 a.m., sheriff’s deputies from Uintah County, Wyoming, reported that they found a man dressed only in shoes and a hoodie on the road in Wahsatch, a Utah ghost town near the interstate about 11 miles west of Evanston, Wyoming.


The victim, identified as a 27-year-old Evanston resident, said he had been drinking in the early morning hours with his girlfriend in town. They were joined by an acquaintance, who had previously been in a relationship with the woman.


The second man asked the victim to go on a ride to talk about some issues. When they arrived at the Wahsatch frontage road and got out of the car, the suspect became upset, shook the victim and demanded he disrobe.


The suspect threw all of the clothes in the car and drove away. But the victim said he managed to retrieve the shoes and hoodie when they were tossed out.


The victim was evaluated at Wasatch Regional Hospital in Evanston. His speech was slurred but he wasn’t injured apart from a small bruise on his shoulder of unknown origin.


A deputy from Summit County and another from Uintah County went to the suspect’s address in Evanston, but didn’t find him.  

Known for getting all the facts right, as well as his distinctive sign-off, Rick covered Summit County meetings and issues for 35 years on KPCW. He now heads the Friday Film Review team.
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