The body of Nick Kapos, an 82-year-old Murray man with dementia missing since Thursday, was recovered Wednesday from a stream in Millcreek. 

The Unified Police Department said they were still working to identify the body Wednesday afternoon. Family members, however, confirmed it was Kapos.

The body was spotted in Big Cottonwood Creek, near 145 W. Central Ave., about 10:30 a.m., by several people working on a nearby TRAX line, UPD Lt. Brian Lohrke said. The body was transported to the medical examiner’s office.

Lohrke said UPD asked Murray police to come to the scene due to the likelihood it was Kapos. A UPD search and rescue team assisted with the water recovery, which can be a delicate process to retain evidence, he said.

(Courtesy UPD) Members of a Unified Police Department search and rescue team recovered a body from Big Cottonwood Creek in Millcreek on Wednesday.
(Courtesy UPD) Members of a Unified Police Department search and rescue team recovered a body from Big Cottonwood Creek in Millcreek on Wednesday.

Trish Kapos, a spokeswoman for the family, thanked news reporters for spreading the word of Nick Kapos’ disappearance in recent days.

“All the exposure truly helped us find dad,” she wrote in an email. “The outcome is tragic and has hit us to the core.”

Another of Kapos’ daughters, Kathy Stephenson, is a reporter for The Salt Lake Tribune. 

Kapos’ family searched for him through the weekend and into this week, putting up flyers and canvassing Murray-area businesses. Dozens of family, friends and other volunteers helped with the search Saturday.

Trish Kapos said Murray police had processed several possible sightings, but they had all turned out to be “cold leads.”