Body found near bike trail by man walking his dogs

Bike trail near South Mall Drive where a man walking his dogs discovered a dead body, St. George, Utah, July 29, 2018 | Photo by Markee Heckenliable, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — A man walking his dogs early Sunday discovered the body of a man who police say died by suicide.

Police are working to identify the body, which was found around 5 a.m. near a bike trail behind the Maverik convenience store south of Mall Drive, St. George Police public information officer Tiffany Atkin said.

This report is based on statements from police and may not contain the full scope of findings.

Suicide resources

If you or someone you know is in danger because of suicidal thoughts or actions, call 911 immediately. Suicide is an emergency that requires help by trained medical professionals and should always be treated seriously.

Nationwide suicide hotlines, 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) and 1-800-273-TALK (8255), have counselors available 24/7. The Southwest Behavioral Health Center also offers help for Southern Utah residents; call 800-574-6763 or 435-634-5600.

Other resources include, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the American Association of Suicidology. All provide comprehensive information and help on the issue of suicide, from prevention to treatment to coping with loss.

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  • ScanMeister July 29, 2018 at 2:22 pm

    This just breaks my heart that one would think this is the best option. Sometimes the signs are hard to determine by family and close friends.

  • ladybugavenger July 29, 2018 at 3:47 pm


  • Mild Winters July 30, 2018 at 9:17 am

    Yes, it’s heartbreaking to know that this person was hurting so deeply. Only those individuals who suffer with the devastating darkness, fear and hopelessness of major depression know the comphrehensive pain experienced with this illness…
    I’m a 56 year old male who knows how much depression hurts…
    In 2014, I desperately needed to escape the mental pain tormenting me. I felt like I wanted to end my life, but I didn’t dare, so instead, I asked a close friend to drive me to the emergency room at DRMC. I was admitted to the Behavioral Unit for several days, which kept me safe from myself.
    After my release, I made an appointment with my personal physician. He is a wise, caring and prayerful man. We quickly found a combination of three common medications that have kept my major depression in remission in a most wonderful way…
    PLEASE work with a doctor to find the right medication for you. The Doctor’s Free Clinic is on Riverside Drive and help with RX costs is available.
    I plead with you to give your valuable life another chance…

  • WanderingChere July 30, 2018 at 12:42 pm

    My understanding is that this man was turned away by the homeless shelter on Thursday because he didn’t have his birth certificate with him. I guess he thought this was his only option. We are failing as human beings when someone at-risk for suicide is turned away when they ask for help because of a piece of paper. I don’t carry my birth certificate with me. I’m willing to bet no one who reads this does either.

    • ladybugavenger July 31, 2018 at 5:52 am

      If what you say is true, its disgraceful. How is a homeless person suppose to get a copy of their birth certificate? Too much beuracracy in the shelter. But they have to get their gov’t funding.

      It’s so sad. People say there is help, but this person didnt find it. Probably took him alot courage to reach out, just to be denied. My goodness, it’s hot out there!

    • comments July 31, 2018 at 10:51 am

      mind explaining how you know this detail?

  • Mike P July 31, 2018 at 10:34 am

    Sad story. I’ve always wondered why , when some one does decide to take their own life, why they do it in a public place where a unsuspecting person, or worse yet, a family member has to see it. I just imagine a young child coming upon that and having to live with it. Terrible.

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