CRIME

Taylorsville teen stabbed and dismembered by friend according to prosecutors

Jun 10, 2021, 7:45 PM
Taylorsville teen murdered...
(Nick Vetecnik, family photo)
(Nick Vetecnik, family photo)

TAYLORSVILLE, Utah- Shocking allegations are coming out about the teen accused of killing a 15-year-old boy in Taylorsville and leaving the body in a trailer. The suspect has been charged with aggravated murder, and prosecutors say the killing was done in an especially heinous and depraved way.

Charging documents say police were called to a home on Elise Drive in Taylorsville by the father of the suspect, Rowdy Aguilar. Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill said the caller made a gruesome discovery in his utility trailer.

Gill said, “He found the dismembered body of a 15-year-old male.”

That body was later identified as 15-year-old Ivan “Nick” Vetecnik. Records show officers arrived and spotted the body inside the container, along with a knife that appeared to be consistent with the kind used to attack and dismember Vetecnik. Gill said police also found garbage bags on the property containing portions of the victim’s body. 

“When they responded there, they smelled the strong smell of cleaning agents.  They did a check of the suspect’s bedroom which yielded a bloody t-shirt,” Gill said.

The Medical Examiner’s report shows Vetecnik was stabbed 26 times in the head. One wound reportedly penetrated into Vetecnik’s skull, but the fatal blow was a stab to the neck that hit the carotid artery.

When police initially spoke with Aguilar, he reportedly denied knowing Vetecnik, claiming he had been with his girlfriend all day. Police then spotted a cut on Aguilar’s hand.

Gill said, “He tried to give an explanation that it was because he was cutting ribs for a barbecue.”

However, police pressed Aguilar after seeing blood on Aguilar’s pants, socks and shoes. Eventually, Aguilar confessed by saying “I did it,” according to the charging records.

“We also had video-cam footage that demonstrated these two individuals had gotten together, and that we could see what looked like to be black and white garbage bags being taken from the property,” according to Gill.

Aguilar is charged with aggravated murder, abuse or desecration of a body and obstruction of justice. Due to the nature of the crime, Aguilar will automatically be tried as an adult, despite the fact he’s 17. 

He’s also charged with escape after he reportedly pulled the handcuffs apart from the wall in the police interview room and tried to leave.

Today’s Top Stories

Crime

Herbert Cox statement Reyes election lawsuit...
Mark Jones

State of Utah files lawsuit against pharmaceutical retailers

Three pharmaceutical retailers are facing a lawsuit from the State of Utah. The lawsuit was filed the week of July 1.
1 day ago
draper shooting police...
Mark Jones

Party ban becomes permanent for Airbnb

Airbnb announced this week that it is placing permanent ban on disruptive parties. In April, two people died in a shooting at an Airbnb in Draper.
2 days ago
...
Mark Jones

Suspect taken into custody after firing shots in Kearns

A shelter in place was issued Wednesday evening in Kearns after an 18-year-old male fired a weapon at a family member fled the scene through a residential area.
3 days ago
Lina Reyes Geddes, of Youngstown, Ohio, has been identified as the victim in a 1998 homicide cold c...
Mark Jones

Garfield County cold case homicide is brought to a close

Authorities in Utah and Ohio announced Wednesday the closure of a Garfield County cold case that dates back to April 20, 1998.
3 days ago
Provo Police need help to identify and locate a suspect in a 2020 cold case shooting that happened ...
Devin Oldroyd

Provo Police Department asking for help solving a 2020 cold case

Provo Police need help to identify and locate a suspect in a 2020 cold case shooting that happened at the Missionary Training Center.
9 days ago
salt lake mayorMendenhall guns...
Curt Gresseth

After NY law is struck down, two Utah experts sound off on gun rights

Two advocates on either side of the gun-control vs. gun rights debate sound off on the Supreme Court's 6-3 ruling to expand the right to carry a firearm in public.
9 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Tax Harassment...
Jordan Wilcox

The best strategies for dealing with IRS tax harassment | You have options!

Learn how to deal with IRS tax harassment. This guide will teach you how to stop IRS phone calls and letters, and how to handle an IRS audit.
spend a day at Bear Lake...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

You’ll love spending the day at Bear Lake | How to spend a day at Bear Lake

Bear Lake is a place that needs to be experienced. Spend a day at Bear Lake.
Curb Appeal...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

How to have the best of both worlds for your house | Home security and curb appeal

Protect your home and improve its curb appeal with the latest security solutions like beautiful garage doors and increased security systems.
Prescription opioids can be disposed of during National Prescription Take Back Day...
Know Your Script

Prescription opioid misuse | How to protect your family from the opioid epidemic

Studies have shown that prescription opioid misuse has increased since COVID-19. So what do you need to know about these opioids?
national heart month...
Intermountain Healthcare

National Heart Month: 5 Lifestyle Changes to Make Today to Keep You Heart Healthy

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. One person dies every 36 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease
Joseph Smith Memorial Building...
Temple Square

The Joseph Smith Memorial Building is an icon of Salt Lake City | Why hosting an event at this beautiful location will make you a hero this year

Here's why hosting an event at the iconic Joseph Smith Memorial Building in downtown Salt Lake City will make you a hero this year.
Taylorsville teen stabbed and dismembered by friend according to prosecutors