Man arrested in connection with homicide on Uintah-Ouray Indian Reservation in Utah

Investigation • 38-year-old man died on Tuesday.

A man has been booked into the Duchesne County jail in connection with a Bureau of Indian Affairs homicide investigation.

A 19-year-old man was booked into the jail in connection with the June 20 death of 38-year-old Eli Ray Poowegup, confirmed FBI spokeswoman Sandra Barker on Friday.

The homicide occurred on the Uintah-Ouray Indian Reservation, Barker said.

According to an online obituary, Poowegup, of Fort Duchesne, was a tattoo artist who created "beautiful pictures" and made friends easily. Poowegup loved his daughters and enjoyed listening to punk rock music, the obituary said. A funeral mass will be held for him Saturday at St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church in Whiterocks.

The homicide investigation is ongoing, Barker said, and more details are not being released at this time.


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