Man arrested in connection to body found at Ogden pond

A male victim was found deceased with significant trauma, according to police. (Photo: Ginna Roe / KUTV)

(KUTV) -- Cory Fitzwater, 35, has been arrested for murder in connection to the body that was found in Ogden on Thursday, according to Capt. Danielle Croyle with Ogden police.

Croyle told 2News that Weber County Deputies conducted a traffic stop that "helped break this case."

Evidence found at the scene, located at Twenty-First Street Pond, and witness accounts also helped authorities identify Fitzwater as a person of interest in this case, according to police.

Weber County Deputies stopped a vehicle around 3 a.m. on West 17th Street.

Fitzwater and the driver were inside of the vehicle. According to Fitzwater's PC statement, the driver was arrested for having Narcotics and a .45 caliber firearm in the vehicle.

Around 4 a.m. an officer responded to a transient camp near 500 West and 21st St. It was reported that a body had been found.

Occupants of the camp were interviewed. Witnesses told police that they last saw the victim alive around 2 a.m.

The PC statement states that officers found a spent .45 caliber bullet casing near the victim.

The cause of death looked like a gunshot wound, according to Fitzwater's PC statement.

The Utah State Crime Lab NIBIN screening indicated that the case found on the scene was indeed fired from the gun that was seized during the traffic stop.

During an interview with police, the driver said he witnessed Fitzwater shooting the victim in the head with the gun that was found in the vehicle.

Police then interviewed Fitzwater. He admitted that the gun was his. He also said that he was in the area around the time of the murder, according to his PC statement.

Fitzwater was then arrested for murder and booked into jail.

The victim's name has not been released yet.

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