ST. GEORGE – Last Saturday a St. George couple was exploring open land in the Arizona Strip when they came across something wrapped in a blanket half buried into the ground.
Matt Telford and his girlfriend, Tawnia Stephan, were an hour south of River Road in St. George headed toward Seegmiller Mountain in Mohave County, Ariz., when they discovered what looked like a the body at about 5:30 p.m.
A body with no head, wearing a shirt and wrapped in what appeared to be a blanket, was sticking out of the earth, and Telford said he and his girlfriend were alarmed. He said he approached the body and looked inside the caved-in ribs and saw a pool of blood. He said the body and the fabric around it seemed to be a few weeks old.
After returning home Telford reported the found body to the St. George City Police Department around 9:20 p.m. and later received a call from the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office asking him to explain the whereabouts of the body.
The Sheriff’s Office located the body, as described by Telford, and determined it was that of a deer.
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Despite the outcome, Trish Carter, public information officer for Mohave County Sheriff said that reporting a discovery of this sort was the right thing to do. She said the investigating officer was unable to determine why a deer’s body would be wrapped in clothing and buried or whether the deer was taken legally or otherwise during a deer hunt.
St. George News Editor-in-Chief Joyce Kuzmanic contributed to this report.
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