ST. GEORGE – Authorities said dental records confirmed the human remains found on Ben Lomond Peak in Weber County last Sunday belong to Joshua Easley, a St. George man who disappeared more than a year and a half ago.
“The most painful goodbyes are the ones that are never said and never explained,” Easley’s family posted on a Facebook page originally created to help locate Easley. “Our hearts are simply broken.”
Easley, a father of two, who was 25 at the time he went missing, was last seen in North Ogden on April 20, 2014.
His 2000 Mitsubishi Galant was found by Ogden Police, abandoned and out of gas at the Bonneville Shoreline Trailhead two days after he went missing. His keys were located in the street near his vehicle.
On Nov. 22, approximately a year and seven months after his disappearance, Easley’s badly decomposed body was discovered by a hiker on an isolated, rugged cliff about three quarters of the way up Ben Lomond Peak, about a two-hour hike from where his vehicle was located, according to a media statement issued by the Weber County Sheriff’s Office.
Some clothing and personal items were found with the body, including Easley’s wallet and identification, the Sheriff’s Office said. Police are still investigating how Easley died.
Memorial services for Easley will begin at 6 p.m. Monday at Leavitt’s Mortuary located at 836 36th Street in Ogden.
“We invite friends, family, and the public to join us in sharing memories and paying final respects to a very dear son, daddy, brother, grandson, and friend to many,” according to Easley’s memorial page.
Friends of the family have set up an online fundraising page to help offset funeral expenses and to support Easley’s two young daughters. As of Sunday afternoon, $2,365 had been raised on the site.
“I just wanted to say thank you everyone who has sent such an outpouring of love and support. As you can imagine we are overwhelmed right now,” Easley’s family posted on Facebook, adding in a separate post:
And the hardest part is knowing that some answers may never come.
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