Cold Cases

State Cold Case database

There are roughly more than 400 cold cases throughout Utah which include homicides, missing persons, and unidentified deceased persons. Last legislative session, Utah lawmakers passed Senate Bill 160 which required all law enforcement agencies in Utah to enter their cold cases and missing persons cases into the database. The Utah Department of Public Safety (DPS) is spearheading the effort and has been provided funding for the database and for a fulltime cold case analyst. Four divisions within DPS will support the database and its goal of bringing justice to victims and their families. The Department’s Crime Lab, State Bureau of Investigation (SBI), State Information and Analysis Center (SIAC) and the Bureau of Criminal Identification (BCI) will all have a hand in supporting cases entered into the database.

As part of the requirements of Senate Bill 160, cases that remain unsolved at least 3 years after the crime occurred, or any homicide that has gone unsolved, must be submitted into the database.

Along with the support from Senator Weiler, the development of the database was a collaborative effort between the Department of Public Safety, the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office, Salt Lake City Police, Unified Police Department, the Chiefs and Sheriffs Association, the Utah Cold Case Coalition, Statewide Association of Prosecutors among others.

Law Enforcement wanting to add a cold case to the website can contact gmcneil@utah.gov

August 13, 1995

Rosa Tapia

Victim: Rosa Tapia Cold Case Type: Homicide Occurrence Date: 1995-08-13 Victim Age: 6 Victim Gender: Female Synopsis: The Victim’s mother checked on Rosa at 2:00 a.m. […]
July 25, 1994

Lee Thornton

Victim: Lee Thornton Cold Case Type: Homicide Occurrence Date: 1994-07-25 Victim Age: 50 Victim Gender: Female Synopsis: A neighbor was concerned about the victim’s well being […]
May 27, 1994

Jose Gomez Mendez

Victim: Jose Gomez Mendez Cold Case Type: Homicide Occurrence Date: 1994/05/27 Victim Age: 34 Victim Gender: Male Synopsis: On May 27, 1994, officers were called to 652 S. Banbury Cove, SLC, […]
May 27, 1994

Thomas Palma

Victim: Thomas Palma Cold Case Type: Homicide Occurrence Date: 1994/05/27 Victim Age: 17 Victim Gender: Male Synopsis: On May 27, 1994, officers were called to 652 S. Banbury Cove, SLC, on […]
April 22, 1994

Jose Dimas Lopez

Victim: Jose Dimas Lopez Cold Case Type: Homicide Occurrence Date: 1994/04/22 Victim Age: 32 Victim Gender: Male Synopsis: On April 22, 1994, a person in the area of 300 S. Orange […]
January 17, 1992

Debra Grabher

Victim: Debra Grabher Cold Case Type: Homicide Occurrence Date: 1992-01-17 Victim Age: 15 Victim Gender: Female Synopsis: The victim was tied up inside several sheets and […]
May 30, 1989

Stena L. Cahill

Victim: Stena L. Cahill Cold Case Type: Homicide Occurrence Date: 1989-05-30 Victim Age: 20 Victim Gender: Female Synopsis: The victim was found in an irrigation canal […]
November 28, 1988

Efrain Ocampo

Victim: Efrain Ocampo Cold Case Type: Homicide Occurrence Date: 1988-11-28 Victim Age: 9 Months Victim Gender: Male Synopsis: The victim was taken to the address of […]
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