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Utah sex suspect found dead after chase, authorities say

June 3, 2019
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In this Friday, May 31, 2019 photo released by the Beaver Dam Littlefield Fire District shows an upside down vehicle in the Virgin River along Interstate 15 by bridge 7 near Littlefield, Ariz. Authorities say a Utah man sought in an alleged sex crime involving a juvenile is missing after his car went into a river in a northwestern Arizona gorge. Police in Hurricane, Utah, said in a statement that the man's car was spotted upside down after officers broke off a pursuit after the car entered Arizona. (Capt. Deborah Gates/Beaver Dam Littlefield Fire District Department via AP)
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In this Friday, May 31, 2019 photo released by the Beaver Dam Littlefield Fire District shows an upside down vehicle in the Virgin River along Interstate 15 by bridge 7 near Littlefield, Ariz. Authorities say a Utah man sought in an alleged sex crime involving a juvenile is missing after his car went into a river in a northwestern Arizona gorge. Police in Hurricane, Utah, said in a statement that the man's car was spotted upside down after officers broke off a pursuit after the car entered Arizona. (Capt. Deborah Gates/Beaver Dam Littlefield Fire District Department via AP)

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — Authorities say a Utah man sought in an alleged sex crime involving a juvenile is dead after his car plunged into a river in a northwestern Arizona gorge.

Bart Graves with the Arizona Department of Public Safety said Monday that Guadalupe Guillermo Nunez intentionally exited the highway and drove off a cliff, rolling violently into the Virgin River on Friday.

Police in Hurricane, Utah have said the chase began earlier that day after a woman reported a sex offense involving an adult male and a juvenile female. Officers broke off the pursuit after the car entered Arizona and it was later spotted in the river.

Nunez’s body was recovered Sunday night in the river along Interstate 15. He was 36 years old and lived in St. George, Utah.

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