Investigators ask for public help in 20-year-old cold case
TAYLORSVILLE, Utah — The Department of Public Safety is asking the public for help in identifying the victim from a 20-year-old cold homicide case.
The woman’s body was found approximately 40 miles north of Lake Powell on the side of SR-276. Investigators put countless hours into solving the case, but it ended up going cold two years later.
“When she was located, there was an autopsy performed,” says Utah State Bureau of Investigations Agent Brian Davis. “She was five feet, zero inches tall; 112 pounds; brown eyes, brown hair; has a mole on the top of her right ear; she had what appeared to be tattooed eyebrows; she had good dental work.”
A later DNA test revealed she may have been of Native-American and/or Hispanic descent.
DO YOU KNOW ME? I was murdered in April 1998 and my body was found 38 miles north of Lake Powell on SR-276. If you have any information about me or my last hours, please call DPS dispatch at 801-887-3800. https://t.co/XaYENyEsyW pic.twitter.com/0vnDd1FNFs
— Utah Public Safety (@UtahDPS) October 2, 2018
Despite a lack of victim I.D., investigators already have a person of interest in the case. He happens to be serving a 70-year sentence in Colorado after pleading guilty to four murders.
“There are a lot of similarities between this victim and his other victims,” Davis says. “In the cause of death, the matter in which things occurred to their body after death.”
Kimball has been interviewed but denies any involvement in this case.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Utah Department of Public Safety at 801-887-3800.
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