West Valley City Police offer $5,000 reward for information in teen’s unsolved murder

May 30, 2019, 1:20 PM
West Valley City Police cold case murder...
Police offered a reward for information in the cold case murder of Fernando Aranda, 16. Photo: West Valley City Police Department

WEST VALLEY CITY — Police offered a $5,000 reward Thursday to anyone who has information which will lead to charges being filed in the murder of a West Valley teen.

Fernando Aranda died two years to the day before police made the announcement.

The teen was walking near his home on Thayn Drive on May 30, 2017, when police say a group of males approached and assaulted him. Police say those males shot Aranda. He later died from those injuries.

Detective Ryan Morrill thinks the reward will provide an incentive for someone to come forward.

“There’s been two years since it happened and people’s circumstances change, and we think that now they’d be more willing to talk,” Morrill said.

People can come forward anonymously.

Morrill says they want to talk with two brothers who go by the street names Neto, Nieto, Necio, or something similar.

“We haven’t been able to identify them specifically. Not saying that they’re suspects or anything like that, but we do have information that they know what happened,” Morrill said.

Aranda’s mother and stepfather were at West Valley City Hall for today’s announcement. Azelia Salgado says her son was not a gang member. They also do not know who would do this to Fernando.

If you have information that may help police in this case, call 801-840-4000 or email

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West Valley City Police offer $5,000 reward for information in teen’s unsolved murder