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Body of a West Valley City man is recovered from Provo River

July 28, 2019

PROVO, Utah (AP) — Utah County Sheriff’s officials say searchers have recovered the body of a West Valley City man from Provo Canyon.

They say the man has been identified as 21-year-old Albert John “AJ” Mapa.

Authorities say Mapa reportedly jumped from a bridge into the waters of a diversion dam Saturday and apparently drowned.

They say Mapa recently returned to Utah after serving a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints mission in Tonga.

Mapa was reported missing in the water about 5:45 p.m. Saturday.

That prompted a response from sheriff’s deputies, search and rescue crews and North Fork firefighters.

Sheriff’s officials say a search and rescue crew found the body around 9 p.m. about 35 feet downriver from where he was last seen at the Olmstead Diversion Dam on the Provo River.

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