47 YOA -- Missing since 6/3/04
W/M 5’11/235 bro/blu
Left to paint family cabin in Flaming Gorge. Dad checked at cabin and he had never arrived. Vehicle was a lease and neither vehicle or Steven were located.
Terry, age 25, woke to noises at the front door of his home at 2049 E. Atkin Ave. at about 7:30am on April 14, 1986. Terry went to the door and got it partly opened when the suspect forced it all the way open. The suspect then ran across the front lawn and Terry pursued him. According to others in the house when Terry came back he’d been shot. Terry collapsed near his front porch. He was transported to the hospital and later succumbed to his injuries.
Witnesses describe the suspect as a white male with short curly dark brown or black hair. He was described as being in his early 20’s, approximately 5’10,” and weighing about 160 lbs. He was possibly wearing a red stocking cap. After fleeing the scene the suspect was observed being picked up by someone in a light blue compact car.
This case was originally an unidentified found remains case. Several human bones were found along I-80 by duck hunters on October 8, 2000. The remains were located in a field off the I-80 frontage road about 1.5 miles east of Saltair, a local concert hall. Extensive efforts were made to determine the identity of the remains including isotope analysis, and comparison with DNA and dental records to numerous missing persons across the US. The remains came to be known affectionately as “Saltair Sally.”
In August of 2012 the remains were identified, through DNA comparisons to a family member, as belonging to Nikole Bakoles. Nikole, age 20, was the mother to a young daughter at the time of her disappearance and death. She was from the Washington area, where her family still resides. Her family had little contact with her after she moved to Salt Lake City in 1998 with her boyfriend, Joel Chaudeoin.The contact stopped all together in 2000. They reported her missing in 2003. Nikole was last seen March 15, 2000. Mr. Chaudoin stated they had an argument and that he left. He claims that was the last time he ever saw her. Acquaintances of Nikole and Joel are encouraged to contact UPD detectives to aid in the investigation into Nikole’s death.
Trisha was 19 years-old at the time of her death. In the early morning hours of November 18, 1998 deer hunters found her body just off the road in a pull-out about ¾ of a mile from Wasatch Boulevard in Big Cottonwood Canyon. She had been shot multiple times and was left by the side of the road. The investigation yielded sufficient evidence to identify the suspect and issue a warrant for the arrest of Arturo Munguia aka: Jessi Vega and other alias names. Before an arrest could be made Vega fled the area and has yet to be arrested for Trisha’s murder.
This case was originally the found remains of an unidentified person. The body of a nude female was found wrapped in carpeting in an area of the old Salt Lake Beach, near I-80. The time of death was estimated to be approximately one month prior to her body being located. Her body was located by a motorist on October 25, 1978.
The cause of death was unable to be determined but may have been strangulation. The circumstances led to the case being classified as a homicide. The body remained unidentified until June of 2012 when DNA testing confirmed her identity as that of Patricia Barrett. Patricia was 45 years-old at the time of her disappearance. It is believed she had only been in the Salt Lake area a couple of months prior to vanishing. She was originally from the Texas area and had family there. Patricia had been travelling in the year-and-a-half prior to her death and it’s possible she was in the south-east portion of the U.S., including Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana. Contact with Patricia indicated she may have been homeless prior to her disappearance. She suffered mental illness and had been diagnosed with schizophrenia. The last known contact with Patricia was with her children on August 31, 1978. They continued to look for her for the years leading up to her identification.
Michael, age 24, was delivering bread to Natters’ Market at 3065 S. 700 E. in Salt Lake City, UT at approximately 2:00 pm on the afternoon of September 2, 1971. An armed male suspect entered the store and proceeded to commit a robbery. Both Michael and a female clerk were shot. Michael died at the scene and the clerk died later as a result of her injuries. The suspect attempted to shoot another deliveryman but the gun did not discharge.
Valaine, age 18, was a student at the LDS Business College at the time of her disappearance and murder. She was last seen leaving the building her class was in at 11:20am on May 5, 1977. She had plans to meet her roommate at their apartment at noon to go shopping. Valaine never arrived to that appointment. Relatives and friends described her as being very punctual. Her nude body along with some of her school books was discovered on May 7, 1977 approximately ¼ mile up Lambs Canyon. She had been assaulted. The cause of death is determined to be strangulation.
Bobbi Ann, age 24 at the time of her disappearance, was last seen on January 7, 1995 in Salt Lake City, Utah. She left her 5 year old daughter in the care of a friend while she went to run errands. There has been no contact with friends or family since that time. Bobbi Ann was also scheduled for a court appearance in Lehi, Utah on January 9, 1995 that she possibly showed up for.
Her car was found in the area of 300 South 1100 West several months later. At the time of her disappearance Bobbi had blonde hair and blue/green eyes. She was approximately 5’1” and weighed 105 lbs. Bobbi has a 2” scar on her right shoulder and tattoos: a rose on her right calf, a mushroom and a sunbeam on her shoulder blade. Dental records and DNA are available in this case.
Buddy, age 45, was the Pharmacist and owner of the Kearns Pharmacy located at 4188 West 5415 South at the time of his death. At approximately 9:00pm on the evening of August 27, 1981, Buddy and a Sales Clerk were in the process of preparing to close the store for the night when a masked gunman entered the store. The suspect forced the clerk to the ground and demanded narcotics and cash, firing a shot in the process. The demands were met and the suspect then forced Buddy and the clerk outside at gunpoint. The suspect told them both to run. They ran toward a field when the suspect opened fire, hitting Buddy. He died as a result of the wound. The suspect is described as a Caucasian male, approximately 6’2” with straight black hair streaked with gray, almost collar length.
27 YOA – Missing since 6/11/03
H/M 5’2/126# blk/bro
Reported to be extremely depressed, not eating, not communicating. Left for work and never returned and has not contacted anyone.
Robert, a.k.a. “Moose”, age 47, was having drinks with an acquaintance at the Granite Club on the night of May 24, 1969. The Granite Club was located at 3820 S. Highland Drive. Robert was there until approximately midnight at which time he left alone. Robert’s body was found early the next morning in the parking lot next to where his truck was parked. He had been shot and succumbed to the injuries.
Corry was last seen on May 21, 2012 near Alta Ski Resort in Little Cottonwood Canyon. He had lived in that area for several years and knew the terrain well. He told friends he was going for a hike in the area of Hell Gate at about 2:30pm. Corry’s cell phone, keys and medications were located in his vehicle which was found in front of his apartment complex.
Kimberly, age 28, was a mother and wife living in Sandy at the time of her death. She left her house at approximately 11:00am on the morning of January 15, 1994 telling her husband she was going to help a friend move. She was seen in the early afternoon hours at a Holiday Oil in West Jordan at 1317 W. 7800 S. Her body was discovered by the gates of Butterfield Canyon at approximately 8300 W. 13200 S. at around 6:00pm that evening. She was in the driver’s seat of her 1994 Dark green over gray Jeep Cherokee. She had been shot multiple times.
YOA – missing since 5/19/90 W/F 5’2/175# bro/unk -- two front teeth missing. Ann had been a victim of domestic violence. She told her roommate her ex-husband was trying to find her and take her to Vegas. She left for work and never arrived and hasn’t been heard from since.
Juan, (a.k.a.: Jesus Holguin and Jesus Jaime Cazares) 38 years-old, was born in Chihuahua, Mexico and was the father of two children. He was working as a general contractor at the time of his death. Officers responded to a call for shots fired at the Holy Oak apartments located at 7883 S. Main Street on Midvale at around 1:00am on August 29, 2004. Several people were with Juan in the apartment at the time of the incident when an altercation broke out between Juan and five other men. Witnesses heard the argument and then a gunshot.
The five men were then seen fleeing the residence on foot. Juan made it from the apartment to the balcony of his apartment before collapsing. Paramedics responded and Juan was flown by Life Flight to the hospital but did not survive the gunshot wound he suffered. Witnesses identified Aristeo Colon as the shooter. Colon had been in a dispute over a drug deal with the victim in the weeks prior to the shooting. Evidence from the shooting also linked Colon to the homicide.
Corazon, age 26, went to dinner with her in-laws on the evening of February 4, 1978. Afterward she picked up a few groceries and then proceeded home to her apartment located in at 5272 S. Cobble Creek Road. It appears she was first attacked as she got out of her 2-door white Mercury Cougar in the parking lot of the apartment complex. She was found the following morning in the bushes adjacent to the parking lot of a church located at 5605 S. Vine Street. She had been severely beaten. She was unconscious at the time she was found and died a short time later at the hospital as a result of blunt force trauma injuries and exposure to the elements.
At the time of his disappearance Harold was 27 years-old. He is a Hispanic Male. Height: 6’ 0” Weight: 160 lbs. Brown eyes and black hair. No distinguishing marks, tattoos, or scars at the time of his disappearance. Harold had been in the Salt Lake area for 8 months. He was visiting his sister in the area of 400 East and 4100 South in Millcreek. Harold is from Venezuela and spoke limited English. He has his degree in Materials Engineering from Venezuela and was applying for a Cambridge doctorate program. Harold was suffering from mental problems at the time, possibly due to a traumatic event. He had been prescribed medication but was not taking it. Because of this mental state Harold is considered an endangered missing person. Harold took a labor job, washing cars, when he needed money and may do the same again.
Manuel, aka “Babe,” age 45, was a husband and father at the time of his death. He was known to carry a weapon and large amounts of cash from his drug dealings. Manuel was out partying with friends in the early morning hours of August 5, 1980. He had been at Johnny’s Disco Bar on Redwood Road until closing at about 2:30am then went with friends to a party at a private residence in Rose Park. That was the last he was seen. Manuel was driving a 1980 silver Thunderbird 2-door hardtop that night. Witnesses recall seeing two men park the car near the Jordan River Parkway at approximately 250 S. 12th W. at around 8:00am on the morning of August 5th. They stayed in the vehicle for several hours. The passenger is described as being a Hispanic male in his late 20’s or early 30’s with medium build and a blue or black baseball cap. The driver was male, possibly Hispanic. The car was abandoned and subsequently impounded on August 7, 1980. There was blood evidence located in the car when it was searched. Manuel’s badly decomposed body was discovered along the roadside by highway maintenance workers in the area of 5550 West 700 South on the afternoon of August 12, 1980. No weapons or cash was found with the body. An autopsy determined the cause of death to be a gunshot wound to the chest.
imothy, age 22, was a resident of Bountiful at the time of his death. He was last seen on the afternoon of February 23, leaving to make a drug purchase. Timothy’s body was found the following afternoon two miles up Millcreek Canyon at a turnout area by hikers. He had been shot multiple times. Stephen Wayne Anderson, contract killer and prison escapee, confessed to the crime and then later re-canted the statement. Ballistic testing, however, identifies his gun as being the one used in Timothy’s homicide. Anderson was convicted of another unrelated homicide in California using the same weapon. He was sentenced to death and executed on California’s death row in January of 2002. It is suspected that Anderson was hired to kill Timothy but there were others involved in the planning and possibly the commission of the crime.
Luis, age 21, was riding with his friend in a maroon two-door Ford Thunderbird on the afternoon of August 27, 2005. They were headed south on Redwood Road at approximately 4300 South when the suspect’s vehicle pulled up next to the car Luis was in, headed in the same direction. The suspect(s) in the car opened fire, possibly with more than one shot, and struck Luis in the head as he sat in the passenger seat. The driver of the car Luis was in made a quick U-turn to avoid additional gunfire and drove for a block or so to pull over into a store parking lot at approximately 4200 S. Redwood Road where he asked a citizen for assistance. Luis was flown by Life Flight to an area hospital but died the following day from the gunshot wound. Witnesses identify the car the suspects were in as a white 1986 Mercury Grand Marquis with chrome wheels. There were at least two suspects in the car, both described as Hispanic males in their teens or early twenties, with either clean-shaven or nearly clean-shaven heads.
Michelle, age 28, was the mother to a young son living in the Cottonwood Heights area at the time of her death. Her son was staying with grandparents on the night of the arson/murder. In the early morning hours of February 22, 1990 at approximately 2:00am that morning Michelle’s home at 7192 S. Highland Drive became engulfed in flames. Neighbors heard her screaming and tried to offer assistance but were unable to do so due to the intensity of the fire. Michelle died as a result of smoke inhalation. Arson was determined to be the cause of the fire.
Joy Kathleen “Kathy” Jones Harmon, age 22, was at the Better Days Bar located at 726 S. State Street on the night of March 2, 1976 with a friend. Kathy left the bar around midnight alone. A coat she had on at the Better Days bar was located at her apartment indicating she made it home that night. She was reported missing by her parents when she did not show up for work, couldn’t be reached by phone, and was not at her apartment. Her body was discovered on March 6, 1976 by a hiker between Emigration and Parley’s Canyon. Her partially clad body was located approximately 300 yards off the lookout toward the Mountain Dell Meadows area. She had been assaulted and died as a result of strangulation.
Emeterio, age 33, was from El Salvador and worked as a dishwasher at the Salt Lake Hilton at the time of his death. He is a husband and father to eight children. Emeterio was last seen on August 14, 1982 by co-workers. His body was discovered on August 19, 1982 about five miles above Junction I-80 and U-65. It appeared he had been there for quite some time. He had died as a result of gunshot wounds. Emeterio is the cousin to 18 year-old Miguel Antonio Hernandez whose body was located 2-days earlier off a road in nearby East Canyon. It’s possible the two homicides happened in the same time frame and the case is being investigated as a double homicide.
Miguel, 18 year-old, was an El Salvadorian nationalist and had recently relocated to the Salt Lake area from Santa Ana, California. He came to live with his cousin, Emeterio Melgar Hernandez. Miguel and Emeterio had attended a dance together on the evening of August 13, 1982. It was the last known sighting of Miguel. Miguel’s body was found by hikers in some bushes approximately 100 yards off the road between East Canyon and Immigration Canyon on August 17, 1982. The cause of death was determined to be gunshot wounds. Miguel’s uncle’s body was found a short distance away and with the same approximate time and manner of death. This case is considered to be a double homicide.
Doris, 24 years-old, had moved to the Salt Lake area from Guadalajara, Mexico just 5 months prior to her death. She was living in the upstairs of a home located at 4947 S. Southridge Dr. in Taylorsville. Her roommate was out of the state for the holidays and she was home alone on Christmas morning, December 25, 2001, when she was attacked in her home. Injuries indicate she fought with her attacker. Her body was found later that afternoon by friends she was supposed to spend Christmas Day with. It was determined that Doris death had occurred earlier that morning from strangulation. Evidence at the scene determined the perpetrator to be Fernando Leal Cervantes. Cervantes was an acquaintance of the victim and lived only a few blocks away. A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Fernando Cervantes but he fled to Mexico after the homicide and still remains at large.
Bertha, age 81, was last seen looking out her living room window of her home located at 3402 S. 500 E. at approximately 6:30pm on March 17, 1982. This was something she reportedly enjoyed doing. In the early morning hours of March 18, 1982 neighbors describe hearing yelling and commotion coming from Bertha’s home. Different witness accounts describe suspicious activity around the house that night. A visiting nurse found Bertha’s body later that morning. She had been assaulted and died of multiple blunt force trauma wounds. Bertha’s home showed signs of forced entry and it appears she struggled with her assailant(s).
Lester, age 62, was a spiritual leader among the Native Americans he associated closely with and was a Vietnam Veteran, earning a purple heart. He lived alone but had had company from out of state staying with him shortly before his death. Officers responded to a call and found Lester dead in his apartment at 7895 S. Candlestick Lane (80 E.) on the afternoon of January 13, 2009. Time of death was estimated to be somewhere around the end of December, 2008. The cause of death was ligature strangulation. Lester’s 2002 white Ford Windstar mini-van, license UT A843E, was missing from the residence at the time his body was recovered. In addition, other valuable items were missing from the apartment. Lester had ties through family and friends to the South Dakota area and had visited there earlier in the month of December, returning to Utah prior to the Christmas holidays.
Lucille, age 78, was a widow that lived alone in her home located at 4284 S. Holloway Drive. She was last seen sweeping her porch on the afternoon of February 1, 1991. Her family was concerned when they could not reach Lucille by phone so her daughter went to her home the following afternoon. She was the one to discover Lucille’s body. Lucille died as a result of multiple blunt force injuries. She had been severely beaten. Her body was fully clothed and there was no indication that she had been sexually assaulted. Although items were missing from her home there was no sign of forced entry and the doors were locked at the time she was found. It was apparent Lucille struggled with her assailant(s) prior to her death.
Carolyn, age 30, was a clerk at Natters’ Market at 3065 S. and 700 E. in Salt Lake City, UT on the afternoon of September 2, 1971 when an armed gunman entered the store to commit a robbery. Carolyn had her two small children in the store with her at the time. It’s possible she struggled with the suspect. She and a deliveryman were both shot. The suspect attempted to shoot another deliveryman but the gun did not discharge. Carolyn died later as a result of her injuries.
JoHanna, age 17, was a recent Olympus High School graduate. She was last seen in the area of 2100 South and State Street at an area referred to as “The Complex” by witnesses in the late hours of August 20, 1971. Acquaintances saw her in a car in the area around the same time with two males and an unknown number of individuals. Her car, a Chrysler, was found on Westminster Ave. between State Street and 200 E. in the early morning hours following her disappearance. Her nude body was discovered by fishermen on August 21, 1971. It was located in a canal approximately half a mile west of the west stock bridge on the Goggin’s Drain, by Saltaire. She had been assaulted and died as a result of gunshot and stab wounds.
Richard, age 35, was enrolled as a student at Salt Lake Community College at the time of his disappearance. He was last seen by his girlfriend leaving his apartment to type a paper on the afternoon of August 17, 1994. On the afternoon of October 11, 1994 Richard’s badly decomposed body was found near an old rock crushing plant by a hiker at approximately 4700 E. in Little Cottonwood Canyon. It was later determined he died from a gunshot wound. Richard’s truck, a white 1989 Ford F-150, was missing since the time of his disappearance.It was located in Tijuana, Mexico on November 11, 1999.
Julie Ann, a.k.a. Miss Kitty, Crystal, Monique, Evette Summons, Yvette Simons, Miss Piggy, age 29, was last seen on the evening of August 27, 1984. She was leaving a gathering place called “The Tree” with a friend. She was dropped off at 2nd South and State Street in downtown Salt Lake City shortly after. Her nude body was found by a motorist the morning of August 28, 1984 in an open area near Emigration Canyon Road. She died as a result of blunt force trauma and strangulation.
Rico, age 74, was at his home located at 3250 W. 3500 S. in the early morning hours of December 31, 1977. He was making repairs and was working under his kitchen sink when he was shot from outside the house through the kitchen window. Rico stood and went to the front porch after reportedly hearing loud pops, not yet realizing he’d been shot. He then proceeded to go back into his house once he realized he’d been injured to call police. Rico survived the initial life threatening injuries but succumbed to secondary complications a couple of months later. Robbery did not appear to be a motive in the shooting.
Ronald, age 23, was last seen at the Deseret Lounge at 323 S. Main St. when the bar closed in the early morning hours of May 7, 1983. He was leaving with one or two other males and two females. His nude body was found later that afternoon by workers along the side of the road in the area of 11500 West 2100 South near the Garfield cutoff road north of the Kennecott Copper Refinery. He had been stabbed and died as a result of the wounds.
35 YOA – Missing since 3/22/94 NA/M 6/160# blk/bro William was reported as being depressed and possible medical conditions. Sent a letter to friends saying “by the time you read this, this entity will be no more – look for me in the stars.” His vehicle was located in Nevada, but no sign of him.
Sonia, age 29, was a young mother living in Taylorsville at the time of her death. She lived with her common-law husband, her 8 year-old son, and was 6 months pregnant with her second child. She was employed at McDonalds. Sonia lived in the Fairway apartments located at approximately 11th West and 3900 South in Taylorsville. She was home alone on the morning of February 9, 2006 when a neighbor witnessed a Hispanic male talking to her at the front door of her residence. The witness then observed Sonia being assaulted and the suspect was seen entering the apartment and shutting the door. This occurred at approximately 11:30am. Sonia’s body was found by her husband when he returned from work at approximately 6:00pm. She had been sexually assaulted and had died from strangulation.
The suspect is described as a 20 – 29 year old Hispanic male with a medium build, approximately 5’6”. At the time of the incident his hair was short and combed straight back. Her car, a gold 4-door Ford Escort, was missing from the apartment at the time of her death and was located four days later in the parking lot of the Fairfield Inn at 590 W. 4500 S. Jewelry Sonia was wearing was also missing. A full DNA profile was developed from evidence at the scene. Sonia’s homicide has been linked by DNA to the West Valley Police Department homicide that occurred exactly two years later on February 9, 2008. The victim was 57 year-old Damiana Castillo. Damiana was found in her apartment at approximately 4000 S. and Redwood Road, just blocks from Sonia’s apartment. She had also been sexually assaulted and died of strangulation. The Salt Lake County’s District Attorney’s Office has filed multiple charges, including two counts of aggravated murder, based on the DNA profile of the suspect.
68 YOA – Missing since 6/6/01 B/F 5’9/140 gry/haz – suffers from memory loss Went to the store and got lost. Her vehicle was found off the road in a creek in Juab County. It was evident she had tried to get the vehicle out. A farmer reported having seen someone matching her description walking down the road early the next morning. Extensive Search and Rescue was conducted for several days which didn’t find any clues to her whereabouts.
55 YOA -- Missing since 9/21/07 W/F 5’1/120# bro/bro Last seen driving home from friends house. Neighbor followed her home and witnessed her turning down her street. When her son returned home from work the following morning, the vehicle was gone as well as Lark. There has been no contact with hersince, and vehicle has not been located.