Slain Utah rail worker to be honored amid homicide probe

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Family, friends and colleagues are honoring a slain Utah rail worker as police investigate whether two men accused of tying up five women in a basement were involved in his disappearance.

The funeral for 63-year-old Kay Ricks is set for noon Saturday. The Utah Transit Authority will halt its buses and trains briefly at that time as operators read a statement honoring the maintenance worker and grandfather.

His death is being investigated as a homicide. Authorities say the two men accused in the kidnapping case are persons of interest in his disappearance.

Police say the suspects were dodging a manhunt at a friend’s house near where Ricks was working when he went missing. His body was later found along the likely route to their Wyoming hideout.

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