An 18-year-old boy from Spanish Fork was arrested and is currently in jail after he was charged with murder because local police say he played an “active role” in the death of a 16-year-old girl found hanging from a tree. The Utah County Sheriff’s Office said the victim was allegedly found hanging from a tree near Maple Lake Campground in Payson Canyon around 7 a.m. Saturday.
The responding deputies who arrived found the teen, a girl from Spanish Fork, Utah, who had died and was still hanging from a tree. While on the scene, an 18-year-old man approached the authorities and admitted that he knew the girl because they were friends and had been with her when she died.
Local police said he aided her with her suicide and told them he wanted to see someone die because he has a “fascination with death”.
According to police, investigators learned that Tyerell Joe Przybycien, also from Spanish Fork, had purchased several items that used “to facilitate the death” of the girl and had a phone video recording of her as she hung herself to die.
The video recording on her cell phone captured the two of the teens having a conversation before she inhaled the can of aerosol, passed out and then she no longer supported herself and hung until she died.
“He disclosed to investigators that he had a fascinating with death,” said Utah County Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Spencer Cannon.
Przybycien left the scene of the girl’s death overnight. Turkey hunters discovered her body the following morning and as police investigated Przybycien returned and spoke to them. They located receipts of items he purchased to aid in the suicide.
The found evidence led detectives to rule out that he played a role in the death.
He was booked into the Utah County Jail. Bail has been set at $20,000.