A MURDER -- IN NORTHEASTERN UTAH -- HAD UINTAH COUNTY SHERIFF'S INVESTIGATORS SEARCHING FOR CLUES WEDNESDAY.

CHIEF DEPUTY JOHN LARSON SAYS, 34-YEAR-OLD CURTIS HARDINGER WAS SHOT ONCE IN THE CHEST... AND LATER DIED, AT A VERNAL HOSPITAL.

POLICE AREN'T YET SAYING MUCH ABOUT THEIR PERSON OF INTEREST.

THE VICTIM WAS SHOT TO DEATH IN HIS HOME, JUST BEFORE MIDNIGHT, TUESDAY NIGHT.     

HARDINGER WAS THE FATHER OF THREE CHILDREN, ALL BELIEVED TO BE UNDER AGE TEN.