Abducted 21-Year-Old Found Dead in Desert

TAYLORSVILLE, Utah – The body of a 21-year-old man was discovered in a remote desert area of Utah, days after what police believe was his abduction. Authorities have now confirmed the incident as a homicide.

Taylorsville police initially reported a “possible abduction” of Alexzia “Alex” Franco on Sunday. Witnesses observed Franco entering a white 2000s Jeep Liberty before hearing what seemed to be a gunshot and seeing the vehicle flee the scene.

In an update three days later, the Taylorsville Police Department announced that Franco’s body had been found in a remote desert area in Utah County. He had reportedly sustained a single gunshot wound. Following an investigation, two teenage boys aged 15 and 17 were arrested in connection with Franco’s death. The police had located the Jeep in Salt Lake County, leading them to the arrests.

Family members expressed their grief and determination to find justice. During a vigil held in Franco’s honor, his girlfriend of four years, Brooklyn Lund, spoke of her disbelief and agony. She described feeling suffocated by the news, adding that it seemed like a surreal dream from which she wanted to awaken.

The investigation into the circumstances surrounding Franco’s death is ongoing, as law enforcement works to uncover further details. The tragic incident has deeply impacted those who knew him, leaving them searching for answers, closure, and justice.