Recovered body confirmed as missing St. George man

Joshua Allen Easley, undated | Photo via Missing Joshua Easley Facebook page, St. George News

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.”

Photo of Joshua Easley posted on a Facebook page dedicated to finding the missing man, location and date unspecified | Photo courtesy of the Missing Joshua Easley Facebook page, St. George News
Photo of Joshua Easley posted on a Facebook page dedicated to finding the missing man, location and date unspecified | Photo courtesy of the Missing Joshua Easley Facebook page, St. George News

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.


Read more: Missing St. George man’s ID discovered among remains recovered in Weber County


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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2 Comments

  • izzymuse November 29, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    Love and condolences for his family. I lost my brother tragically too. It’s been years and I still miss him. Sorry for your loss. I hope you can find peace and healing. God bless.

  • debbie November 30, 2015 at 9:02 am

    dang, that stinks. i’m glad they got some resolve, but that just stinks. how is a mother and father and sibling supposed to live with pain like this? this isn’t just life altering its life debilitating. i’m praying for this family and i’m praying for the people in our world, that all stop consuming theirselves and one another and that evil be put far away from humans..

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