Photos of Dylan Rounds who was last seen near Lucin, Utah.
SALT LAKE CITY — Law enforcement has announced a suspect in the disappearance of 19-year-old Dylan Rounds. A man who lived near Rounds is considered a suspect in her disappearance, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Salt Lake City.
Federal prosecutors said James Brenner, 58, had contact with Rounds and was a suspect in their investigation into what happened to him, in a detention motion filed Wednesday.
The motion was filed the same day Box Elder County sheriff’s deputies said no organized search was planned for the rounds and asked the public not to search the area.
They said searching the area could potentially “compromise the investigation”.
Bullets disappeared from his Lucin farm at the end of May.
Box Elder County Sheriff’s Deputy Cade Palmer said when Rounds was not located early in the search effort, the investigation focused on the possibility that he was victim of a crime. The current totality of information gathered from numerous interviews and searches, as well as analysis of physical evidence and forensic data, identified Brenner as a suspect.
Deputies report that Rounds’ mobile phone and wallet were not found, while none of the farm vehicles were taken. Family members said a pair of boots, located about 100 yards from where his grain truck was parked, were his.
Brenner was charged last week with a federal weapons offense. The FBI alleges that Brenner was in possession of firearms, despite his status as a convicted felon.
The charging documents say Brenner was squatting in a trailer on a property near Rounds’ farm. The FBI and the Box Elder County Sheriff’s Office executed multiple search warrants at Brenner’s trailer, according to court records.
Prosecutors asked a judge to keep Brenner in pretrial custody. In its motion to detain Brenner, the U.S. Attorney’s Office called him a “serious risk” and cited his criminal history, which includes charges of malicious wounding, malicious shooting and repeated convictions for being a felon in possession of ‘gun.
Rounds’ mother, Candice Cooley, previously said she was unaware her son had any enemies, although she believed he had recently fired a farmhand who she said harbored no ill will. The area is very rural, she said, and neighbors mostly live off the grid and are left alone.
Brenner is scheduled to appear in federal court on Friday.