Kristin Cavallari: Brother Michael Cavallari Found Dead

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Kristin Cavallari of The Hills fame is in mourning. Her brother, Michael Cavallari, who was reported missing just a few days ago, has been found dead.

Michael Cavallari's body was found earlier on Thursday.

In a statement to E! News, Kristin Cavallari thanked everyone for their efforts, and asked for privacy.

"We want to thank everyone for their love, support and prayers during this very difficult time," she said. "We have just been informed by the authorities my brother's body has been found. This is a very painful time and we are still processing it all. We kindly ask everyone please respect our privacy during our time of grieving

The Grand County, Utah Sheriff's Office shared some of the details in a statement.

"At approximately 10:30 a.m. search crews located remains believed to be that of Michael Cavallari. At this time, the body is being transported to the Office of the Utah Medical Examiner for positive identification and to determine the cause of death. The search crews were searching the Salt Wash area, near exit 175 on I-70 in Grand County. The terrain where the body was located is a steep and very rocky area," the statement reads.

Michael Cavallari was arrested in California just a few days before he went missing. He was said to have been in possession of a shotgun at that time.

Kristin Cavallari and her husband Jay Cutler welcomed a baby girl into their world just days before Michael disappeared. How sad that she will now always reflect on this tragedy when she thinks of those first few days with her baby girl.

Prayers are surely being said for Kristin Cavallari and members of her family as they experience this grief. More details will no doubt emerge in the next day or two as to how Michael Cavallari died.

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.