Body of missing mother found in Washington County

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Utah — The Washington County Sheriff’s Office reported late Tuesday night that the body of a missing mother had been found in Washington County.

33-year-old Sarah Frances Cox (Yasuda) left her family’s campsite in the Little Creek Mountain area, southwest of the town of Apple Valley Sunday night and didn’t return.

Search and Rescue volunteers found the woman’s body around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death, but early indications are she died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Detectives are still looking into the circumstances leading up to her death, but do not suspect foul play at this time.