Man indicted in artifact theft probe found dead

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Blanding, Utah (AP) - Authorities say a Blanding physician indicted in a federal investigation into the theft of ancient artifacts in the Four Corners region has been found dead.

San Juan County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Grayson Redd says James Redd was found Thursday afternoon by his local church leader near a dried-up pond on his property.

Grayson Redd, who says he and James Redd are very distant relatives, says the death has been ruled a suicide. No cause of death was released.

On Wednesday, James Redd was one of 23 people arrested by federal agents after a two-year investigation. Court papers say those involved stole or tried to sell American Indian artifacts.

James Redd, 60, was charged with one felony count of theft of Indian tribal property. His wife, Jeanne Redd, was also charged.

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