Letter leads deputies to body hidden in Garfield County home, man faces charges

Pete Marker

PANGUITCH, Utah – The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a man after a 90-year-old woman was found buried under a large amount of coal in the coal bin at her Panguitch home Wednesday.

One of the victim’s relatives contacted the Washington County Sheriff’s Office about a letter she received from her uncle which stated her grandmother had passed away on Dec. 25, 2017, and that he, the relative’s uncle, had “taken care of the body.”

Washington County deputies then contacted the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office who took Pete Marker, 66, into custody.

According to Garfield County court documents, Marker now faces a third degree felony for abuse or desecration of a dead human body, as well as a Class B misdemeanor for failure to report the finding of a dead human body.