Utah teenager accused of filming 16-year-old girl's suicide

A Utah teenager is being charged with filming a 16-year-old girl’s hanging death in a canyon.

Police discovered evidence that 18-year-old Tyerell Joe Przybycien witnessed a Spanish Fork girl’s death, the Salt Lake Tribune reported, citing authorities.

Przybycien told deputies he had a “fascination with death” and “wanted to see what it was like to see someone die,” said Utah County Sheriff’s Sgt. Spencer Cannon.

The teen girl’s mother reported her as missing Saturday morning. She hadn’t heard from her daughter since Friday.

Turkey hunters found the girl’s body hanging from a tree near a campground around 7 a.m. Saturday. Police declined to identify the girl.

Przybycien approached police near the campground and said that he knew the girl and saw her die. He said he picked her up Friday night and was with her when she purchased the rope and a can of compressed air used to end her life.

Despite the fact authorities believe it was clear the girl was suicidal, police said Przybycien failed to stop her from taking her own life. The teen then drove her to Payson Cannon, asked her if this was what she really wanted to do. He now faces a murder charge.

The Tribune reports that police found cellphone footage filmed by Przybycien. The video showed the girl with the rope around her neck, breathing in the air canister and then falling off the boulder when she fell unconscious.

The video shows Przybycien checking the girl’s pulse after she passed out, ultimately failing to save her life.

A note was found at the scene “basically saying if there are questions about what happened, then watch the video,” Cannon said, citing its contents.

Przybycien is being held on a $ 20,000 bail in a Utah County Jail. 

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