Body found in 1976 identified as Coloradan

TOOELE, Utah — Authorities in Utah think they finally know the identity of a man who was found dead 39 years ago near a landfill along the Nevada border.

Tooele County Sheriff Paul Wimmer says he’s confident the body is that of David Stack of Broomfield, Colorado, who was 18 when he was last seen June 1, 1976, with a plan to hitchhike to California.

But Wimmer told the Deseret News newspaper of Salt Lake City the identity won’t be confirmed until the completion of DNA and dental testing.

A young man’s body was found later in June 1976 outside Wendover, a town along Interstate 80. His death was ruled a homicide, and the body was buried in the Tooele cemetery.

The case was reopened after a pair of sheriff’s detectives learned new information about investigating cold cases at a conference.

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