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Deadly home invasion: Man's throat slashed in Payson break-in

Published November 16, 2009 10:56 pm

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Police are looking for two men in a homicide and home invasion near Payson.

A man was found dead at a home near 11600 S. Canyon Road, said Utah County sheriff's Sgt. Spencer Cannon. Two other people say they were tied up by men who broke into the home. At least one of the men was carrying a gun, Cannon said. "Knives were involved," Cannon said, but he could not confirm dispatchers' early reports that the victim's throat had been cut.

KSL News reported Tuesday that the intruders also raided a backyard "bunker shed" that reportedly contained guns and ammunition.

Investigators are looking for a blue 1991 Ford Escort station wagon with the license plate A396LJ, Cannon said. The registered owner of that car is in the Beaver County jail and could not have been at the scene, Cannon said. Witnesses pointed police to two white men in T-shirts and jeans, Cannon said. At least one of the men was described as having short hair dyed black, Cannon said. Witnesses also reported one of the men had a goatee, Cannon said.

Investigators do not know whether the victims are acquainted with the attackers, Cannon said.

Erin Alberty