FOUND: Police find elderly man deceased in wooded area 'not far from his home'


UPDATE: (July 15, 8 p.m.) -- Police report an officer found Leon "Hy" Saunders deceased Sunday in a wooded area "not far from his home".

Salt Lake County Sheriff Rosie Rivera stated in a news release on behalf of the Unified Police Department appreciation and gratitude for the numerous volunteers, the media, Search and Rescue, and Unified Fire Authority for support during the extensive search.

The Saunders family additionally offered a statement:

We have the deepest gratitude for the incredible support you’ve shown Hy and our family. Hy was an incredibly kind and generous man who left an indelible impact on those he interacted with in every capacity. It is clear to us from the outpouring of love and this incredible search effort, that he is revered by those who knew him. The compassion showed by those who did not know him reflects the love and strong spirit of this community. Thanks to the many hundreds of volunteers, and united efforts of law enforcement, search and rescue and all others who responded. We are forever grateful to you. The family respectfully asks for privacy at this time.

- Saunders Family

UPDATE: (July 15, 4:40 p.m.) -- Search volunteers for missing elderly man, Leon Hy Saunders, are not being solicited by police for Monday. Search and Rescue volunteers along with Unified Police officers are continuing the search Sunday evening.

UPDATE: (July 14, 4:15 p.m.) -- Police are still looking for 79-year-old Leon Hy Saunders. The public is encouraged to contact police if he is spotted.

(KUTV) -- Unified Police is looking for Leon Hy Saunders, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease but is fairly high functioning.

He goes by the name of Hy and is 79 years old. He is 5-foot, 8-inches tall and weights 160 pounds.

Police say he was last seen leaving his house Friday morning at 5:49 a.m., in the area of 2700 E. 4600 South.

Hy was wearing a blue parka vest, blue sweater, black sweat pants and sneakers.

If you see this man please call the Unified Police Department at 801-743-7000.

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