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

December 11, 1987

Danny Montano

Victim: Danny Montano Cold Case Type: Homicide Occurrence Date: 1987-12-11 Victim Age: 23 Victim Gender: Male Synopsis: The Victim’s sister found the victim in his apartment […]
October 31, 1987

Jennie Bowden

Victim: Jennie Bowden Cold Case Type: Homicide Occurrence Date: 1987-10-31 Victim Age: 21 Victim Gender: Female Synopsis: The victim was found in an underground parking terrace […]
December 23, 1986

Dean Steiner

Victim: Dean Steiner Cold Case Type: Homicide Occurrence Date: 1986-12-23 Victim Age: 68 Victim Gender: Male Synopsis: The complainant went to 733 East 800 South to […]
September 8, 1986

Diana Ramirez

Victim: Diana Ramirez Cold Case Type: Homicide Occurrence Date: 1986-09-08 Victim Age: 34 Victim Gender: Female Synopsis: The victim was found in her supervisor office at […]
May 15, 1985

Christine Gallegos

Victim: Christine Gallegos Cold Case Type: Homicide Occurrence Date: 1985-05-15 Victim Age: 15 Victim Gender: Female Synopsis: This victim was found in the roadway at 1384 […]
May 11, 1980

Celedon Archuleta

Victim: Celedon Archuleta Cold Case Type: Homicide Occurrence Date: 1980-05-11 Victim Age: 76 Victim Gender: Male Synopsis: The victim was found by his son in the […]
May 8, 1980

Rachelle Arenaz

Victim: Rachelle Arenaz Cold Case Type: Homicide Occurrence Date: 1980-05-08 Victim Age: 16 Victim Gender: Female Synopsis: The victim was found lying in a ditch next […]
November 6, 1978

Anthony Adams

Victim: Anthony Adams Cold Case Type: Homicide Occurrence Date: 1978-11-06 Victim Age: 25 Victim Gender: Male Synopsis: The victim was found inside his apartment. He had […]
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