The body of the Tooele man who went missing last Thursday has been found, according to the Tooele County Sheriff’s Office.
Earlier Tuesday, the missing person investigation for Johnny Doerr, 19, was turned over by the Tooele City Police Department to the sheriff’s office after Doerr’s silver 1997 Honda Accord was located, Tooele City Police Cpl. Tanya Turnbow said.
Doerr was last seen by his family when he left for a job interview at the Energy Solutions facility off Interstate 80’s Exit 49 the morning of Jan. 26. Tooele County Sheriff’s Lt. Ron Johnson said they located Doerr’s vehicle on an unmaintained dirt road several miles from the facility and Doerr had called to say he would be late to his interview.
Doerr’s vehicle became stuck on the roadway and it appears he attempted to walk to Energy Solutions, Johnson said. His body was found about a half mile south of the perimeter fence and Doerr had traveled several miles at that point.
While an autopsy has not yet been completed, Doerr’s cause of death is believed to be exposure, according to Johnson. The sheriff’s office does not believe there is any reason to suspect foul play.
It’s possible that Doerr got off I-80 at an earlier exit and became lost, but the route he took is still unknown, Johnson said.
The Tooele City Police Department opened a missing person case for Doerr after he left for the Energy Solutions interview and did not contact his family after the interview should have been completed.
There is no requirement to wait 24 hours to notify police that a person may be missing or endangered, Turnbow said.
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