Nathan Tyler Haun, 17, of Spanish Fork was spotted by a driver around 5:30 a.m. lying in the middle of Arrowhead Trail between Salem and Payson.
Sgt. Spencer Cannon with the Utah County Sheriff’s Department said Haun’s body was badly bruised. Detectives believe Haun may have fell out or off of a fast moving car, as evidence showed he rolled over 100 feet.
“There was a significant amount of trauma that was very extensive from head to toe,” Cannon said. “There was no chance of survival.”
Haun was at a house party Friday night in Payson hours before he died. According to investigators, a group of teens who were at the party are staying quiet, possibly because there was underage drinking.
Cannon said the teenagers and their parents are not talking and have hired attorneys, which makes Haun’s death look suspicious.
“They’re not only not cooperating with us, they’re being very uncooperative, so what we’re really not getting the detail we need from the people we think know what happened,” he said.
Word of Haun’s death is spreading quietly through the community. People who wished to remain anonymous brought flowers to the site where Haun died.
“He was just always friendly,” a woman said. “He was a good kid.”
Cannon said Haun got into an argument with another teenager over a girl at the party, but they have ruled out that teen’s involvement in Haun’s death.
They hope anyone who has information will have a change of heart and come forward.
“It’s a horrible way to die, but yet to be abandoned by people who would supposedly have been loyal to him is difficult,” Cannon added. “The family is having a hard time with that. In reality we’re not worried about kids having a couple of drinks. We’re worried about what happened to this poor kid.”
An autopsy is expected to be performed on Haun Sunday as detectives continue to investigate. They are looking through surveillance video from the Salem City Public Works building, which oversees a porting of Arrowhead Trail, to gather more clues.