Utah teen Alexis Rasmussen's death now considered homicide

Body identified as that of missing Utah teen Alexis Rasmussen
Alexis Rasmussen
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(CBS/AP) NORTH OGDEN, Utah - The death of 16-year-old Utah girl Alexis Rasmussen, whose badly decomposed body was found last week in a shallow grave, is being treated as a homicide, according to officials.

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Authorities say they have suspects in the case but have not named them.

Weber County Attorney Dee Smith says any possible charges would likely be filed after investigators receive the full autopsy report, which could take weeks.

Rasmussen's body was found Oct. 18 near Interstate 84 east of Ogden after investigators followed an anonymous tip. The body was positively identified Friday.

Rasmussen was last seen Sept. 10, when she was babysitting for a couple who has since been arrested on unrelated drug charges. She reportedly left their house about midnight.

In a statement on its Facebook page, Rasmussen's family asked for privacy during the grieving process.

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