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Salt Lake Police seeking tips in 1980 death of Celedon Archuleta

Sep 12, 2023, 1:05 PM | Updated: 1:07 pm

Celedon Archuleta sits with his arms crossed....

Police are asking for tips related to the 1980 homicide of Celedon Archuleta. (Archuleta Family Photo)

(Archuleta Family Photo)

SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake City Police Department is asking for tips to help solve the 1980 murder of Celedon Archuleta.

The SLCPD Homicide Squad has interviewed multiple people and used new forensic technology to test evidence collected at the crime scene. Despite their effort, police said they have exhausted all available leads. 

Detectives believe there are people who have information that will help them.

Celedon Archuleta cold case

Celedon Archuleta was found by his son, beaten to death in his home, according to SLCPD’s cold case website.  

Archuleta’s son also discovered the home had been ransacked. An unknown amount of cash, a toolbox filled with tools, and a gun were stolen. Archuleta was known to keep cash in his home, according to SLCPD. 

Archuleta lived alone in the home at 856 South 900 West in Salt Lake City, where he was found dead. He was 76 at the time of his death. 

According to the press release, an investigation into Archuleta’s death began on March 11, 1980.

If you have information about the case, Salt Lake City police ask you to call them at 801-799-3000 and reference case number 80-34923. 

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Salt Lake Police seeking tips in 1980 death of Celedon Archuleta