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The Latest: Police say Utah rail worker's death was homicide

A helicopter circles as law enforcement officials work east of Highway 189 about 16 miles south of Kemmerer, Wyo., Wednesday, May 18, 2016. Law enforcement officials are looking for a possible connection between a missing Utah Transit Authority worker, whose body was discovered late Tuesday evening, and the Centerville, Utah, kidnapping suspects arrested over the weekend. (Ravell Call/The Deseret News via AP) SALT LAKE TRIBUNE OUT; MAGS OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT; TV OUT
May 18, 2016 - 3:28 PM

SALT LAKE CITY - The Latest on a Utah worker who disappeared during a manhunt for a father and son accused of kidnapping (all times local):

4:15 p.m.

Police are investigating as a homicide the death of a Utah commuter rail line worker who disappeared amid a manhunt for two suspects in a bizarre kidnapping case.

Utah Transit Authority Police Chief Fred Ross said Wednesday that authorities are still looking for the official pickup truck that 63-year-old Kay Porter Ricks was driving when he vanished in the middle of his shift.

Authorities say his body was found along the route the father and son suspects likely took on the way to their Wyoming hideout. Police are still looking for the truck Ricks was driving and investigating what role the suspects may have played in his death.

Ross says his officers will escort Ricks' body back to Utah on Wednesday night. An autopsy will determine his exact cause of death.

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1 p.m.

Authorities say the FBI has joined investigators in Utah and Wyoming in trying to find out what happened to a train maintenance worker who went missing during a five-day manhunt for two suspects in a kidnapping.

Utah Transit Authority Police Chief Fred Ross said Wednesday that Kay Porter Ricks' work truck was last seen the night of May 10 in Wyoming's Lincoln County, which borders the area where the suspects were camping before their weekend arrest.

Wyoming county officials say Ricks' body was found in that same county Tuesday night while searching for the truck.

Lincoln County Attorney Spencer Allred says that while police have not definitively linked the kidnapping suspects to Ricks' death, the coincidences are difficult to ignore.

Ross says Ricks' death is a great loss for the agency. The 63-year-old Ricks had worked there since 2010.

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11:35 a.m.

A Wyoming prosecutor says investigators are trying to determine if a father and son accused in a bizarre Utah kidnapping had anything to do with the death of train maintenance worker who went missing during a five-day manhunt for the suspects.

Lincoln County Attorney Spencer Allred said Wednesday that they can't ignore coincidences between the discovery of Kay Porter Ricks' body and the arrest of the two men in Wyoming. Allred said investigators haven't definitively linked the men to Ricks' death.

Ricks disappeared a few miles from where police believe the Harrisons were hiding out after tying up a woman and her four teenage daughters in a Utah basement. The women escaped.

Ricks' body was found Tuesday night along a route that the suspects likely took to get to another hideout in the Wyoming wilderness.

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9:08 a.m.

Police say they've found the body of a 63-year-old train maintenance worker who disappeared from Salt Lake City amid a manhunt for a father and son accused in a bizarre kidnapping.

Authorities said Wednesday that Kay Porter Ricks was found dead in western Wyoming's Lincoln County, which borders the area where the suspects were camping before their weekend arrest.

Police are investigating how he died and whether Flint and Dereck Harrison were involved.

Ricks disappeared a few miles from where police believe the Harrisons were hiding out after tying up a woman and her four teenage daughters in a Utah basement. The women escaped.

The Harrisons eventually got to Wyoming. Ricks family spokesman Richard Massey says the body was spotted by a deputy who had been searching for the truck Ricks was driving when he disappeared.

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