Man jailed on murder charge for death of teen girl found hanging from tree

Man jailed for murder of teen girl found hanging from a tree, taking video of her death (Photo: KUTV)

SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) - A Spanish Fork man is in jail and charged with murder because police say he played an "active role" in the death of a 16-year-old girl found hanging from a tree.

The Utah County Sheriff's Office said Monday the victim was found hanging from a tree near Maple Lake Campground in Payson Canyon around 7 a.m. Saturday. Deputies who arrived found the teen, a girl from Spanish Fork, Utah, who had died and was still hanging from a tree. 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.

Police said he aided her with her suicide and told them he wanted to see someone die.

Police said they were friends.

According to police, investigators learned that Tyerell Joe Przybycien, also from Spanish Fork, had purchased several items used "to facilitate the death" of the girl and had a cell-phone recording of her as she died.

The recording on her cell phone captured the two of them talking before she inhaled a can of aerosol, passed out and then she no longer supported herself and hung until 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. Turkey hunters discovered her body the following morning and as police investigated Przybycien returned and spoke to them. They located receipts of items he purchased to aid in the suicide.

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.

Nebo school district released the following statement about the incident.

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