Utah Doctor and Girlfriend Found Dead

In the Salt Lake City area a cosmetic surgeon and the woman he had once kidnapped in 2011 were found dead, according to Utah County Deputy Attorney Craig Johnson.

Dr Joseph Berg at Kidnapping Sentencing

Dr Joseph Berg at Kidnapping Sentencing

Police spokesman Sergeant Craig Martinez told reporters there were no clear signs of trauma to either of the bodies, such as gunshot wounds, but the deaths were still being investigated as a murder-suicide.

The physician had been convicted in December, 2011 of kidnapping a woman named Lucy Schwartz, after an emergency call during which 911 dispatchers could hear a woman in the background crying and begging for help. When police arrived at the house and crashed through the door, they found Ms. Schwartz in a closet, tied to a chair with medical tape, and Berg the only other person in the home. In court testimony, the woman stated that Berg had gotten angry at her, dragged her through the house by the hair and tied her to a dresser and chair.

Lucy Schwartz in happier times

Lucy Schwartz in happier times


Berg was sentenced to 18 months in jail, but was released after only four months.

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Research into the case reveals that Berg lost his medical license in January. At that time, the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing determined that he was not mentally fit to practice medicine. The previous November, reports by his nurses came to their attention that Berg had been seen using drugs while treating patients; that he would fall asleep while standing up; and that his entire medical staff quit at the same time, because they could see he was becoming increasingly dangerous.

Body of Lucy Schwartz removed from the Orem home

Body of Lucy Schwartz removed from the Orem home

Prior to the tragedy, Berg had operated the Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Institute & Day Spa, in Orem. He is a graduate of University of Kansas school of medicine in 1993, and was affiliated with Timpanogos Regional Hospital, in Orem.


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