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Missing, endangered Utah County man found dead in car

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19-year-old Eli Merlin Dutson was last seen on Thursday, Aug. 8 in Eagle Mountain. (Photo courtesy of Dutson's family)

UPDATE (Aug. 17, 2019 - 11:01 a.m.): Dutson was found deceased in his car in Lehi on Saturday morning, according to Sgt. Cannon.

A Utah man was reported missing after he was last seen on Thursday, Aug. 8 in Eagle Mountain.

Sgt. Spencer Cannon with the Utah County Sheriff's Office says they are investigating the disappeared of 19-year-old Eli Merlin Dutson.

The man's family says the 19-year-old is usually in contact with the family members he lives with.

A statement released by the family claims it's highly unusual for Dutson to not communicate with them or to disappear, and that he showed no signs of being depressed or suicidal. Currently, his phone goes straight to voicemail. It's possible Dutson may be in the Duchesne County area, according to the statement.

Cannon says there are currently no signs of foul play. However, the circumstances did lead the sheriff's office to classify this as an endangered missing person's case. Cannon clarified there is no law against an adult leaving a place on their own accord.

The 19-year-old is five feet and 10 inches tall. He weighs about 150 pounds.

Dutson drives a 2010 Green Honda Accord--similar to the photo--with the plate number SO76L.

If you have any information regrading Dutson's whereabouts, please contact the Utah County Sheriff's Office at 801-851-4000.

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