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A man whose body was found dumped in the weeds near the Saltair resort was the victim of homicide, Unified Police confirmed Friday.

Hikers who found the remains around 5 p.m. Thursday, while walking along an Interstate 80 frontage road near 11500 West, reportedly had said the man had a head wound of some kind.

UPD Detective Ken Hansen indicated the man was the victim of a gunshot, but declined to further detail his means of death.

The deceased, identified late Friday morning as 22-year-old Chandler Cooper, was located about a mile east of Saltair, just off a dirt path.

A search of court records showed Cooper had an extensive criminal history including numerous drug-related charges, as well as firearms violations, theft by receiving stolen property, and shoplifting.

Chandler most recently was believed to have been living in central Salt Lake County.

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