A former Vernal Middle School vice principal who was charged with several counts related to sexually abusing a child has been found dead, according to the Vernal Police Department.
David Alan Papadakos, 43, was reported as missing and suicidal on Sunday. Papadakos' family and friends along with Vernal police, the Uintah County Sheriff's Office and the U.S. Forest Service searched for him throughout the week. On Thursday, two people found Papadakos' vehicle about 2 miles north of State Road 121 between Vernal and Lapoint.
A statement from Vernal police says that "it was quickly determined that Papadakos was deceased." However, police did not elaborate early Friday on the cause or manner of death. Papadakos' body was taken to the Medical Examiner's office for autopsy.