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Man sought in Utah pursuits found dead from motorcycle crash

SALT LAKE CITY — Authorities say a man who was the subject of police pursuits in southwestern Utah was found dead four days later, killed in a motorcycle crash in nearby northwestern Arizona.

The Deseret News reports 43-year-old Joseph Gary Scelza was found dead Wednesday near the Virgin River after the Arizona Department of Public Safety was notified of a motorcycle crash on a bend along Interstate 15.

It's not clear when Scezla crashed and died.

Police twice pursued him March 2 after receiving a report of him allegedly trying to steal items from a motorcycle dealership.

Officers ended both pursuits because Scelza was driving fast and recklessly and because of rainy conditions.

Washington County sheriff's Lt. David Crouse said the second pursuit ended a half-mile (0.8 kilometer) from the crash site.

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