Man told friend he wanted to help teen girl kill herself, court documents say
Court documents said 18-year-old Tyerell Przybycien of Spanish Fork compared helping the girl commit suicide to "getting away with murder" in a series of messages to a friend of his.
The messages were discovered after the Utah County Sheriff's Office found the victim hanging from a tree near Maple Lake Campground in Payson Canyon around 7 a.m. May 6. Near the victim, police found a cell phone and a suicide note instructing police to watch a video recording on the phone.
While on the scene, an 18-year-old man approached police and said he knew the girl and had been with her when she died the night before.
Police learned that Przybycien had purchased several items used "to facilitate the death" of the girl and had a cell-phone recording of her as she died.
"He disclosed to investigators that he had a fascinating with death," said Utah County Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Spencer Cannon.
Przybycien left the scene of the girl's death overnight, but returned after hunters discovered the body and called police.
Police found he had texted a friend close to midnight May 5 that said, "Bro It happened.. I helped her do it too and I feel so guilty."
Evidence, police said, led detectives to determine he played a role in the death and he was booked into the Utah County Jail. Bail has been set at $20,000, cash only.
Przybycien faces one count of first-degree felony murder and a misdemeanor charge of abuse or desecration of a dead human body for failing to report a dead body to police.
The Nebo school district released a statement about the incident that said, "This type of news is difficult for all of us, and we are deeply saddened with this tragic event of the death of one of our students."
Our district is made up of small, close-knit communities that care about one another. Our schools feel like family. Spanish Fork High School has had extra counselors on staff the past couple of days to help anyone struggling, especially students and staff.
If you or someone you know has questions about suicide, or has experienced suicidal thoughts, there are numerous resources that can offer help.
- The Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK
- Utah Suicide Prevention Coalition
- Utah Chapter - American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: afsp.org/chapter/afsp-utah/
- Utah County Crisis Line: 801-226-4433
- Wasatch Mental Health Crisis Line: 801-373-7393
- National Crisis Line: 1-800-784-2433
- Trevor Project Hotline for LGBTQ teens: 1-866-488-7386
- NAMI Utah
- Salt Lake Mental Health