Elizabeth Salgado’s family meets with investigators in Utah
PROVO, Utah – Family members of Elizabeth Salgado traveled from Mexico to meet with Utah County investigators to learn more about the death investigation and visit the canyon where her body was discovered.
”There are so many new things that we learned today,” said Elizabeth’s uncle, Rosemberg Salgado.
Rosemberg grew emotional as he discussed the new details investigators shared with the family about the death of his 26-year-old niece from Chiapas, Mexico who went missing from Provo three years ago.
“It was very hard,” he said of the hours-long meeting with detectives. “People don’t know what we’re going through until you really go through what we are feeling right now.”
Six members of the Salgado family, including Elizabeth’s parents, arrived in Utah late Tuesday night. Wednesday morning they met with officials at the Mexican Consulate in Salt Lake City and then traveled to Spanish Fork to meet with the Utah County Sheriff’s Office.
“It was incredibly difficult for the family,” said Sgt. Spencer Cannon with the Sheriff’s Office. “A lot of unanswered questions still, and they want those answers and they probably are the only ones who want them more than we do.”
Cannon said the death was being investigated as a homicide and that the information and evidence shared with the family will not be made available to the public as a way to protect the integrity of the investigation.
“We explained to them what we have done to this point. We explained what we are going to continue doing from this point forward,” Cannon said. “We talked about the evidence that we’ve collected. We talked about people we’ve talked to and people we still are going to be talking to.”
Elizabeth, a recently returned LDS missionary, vanished on April 16, 2015 after residing in Provo for just three weeks to study English. The family said they have a long list of questions and names of people they think police should question.
“We need to find this monster or these monsters because they don’t belong outside,” Rosemberg said. “They could do this to another girl and we are trying to avoid that.”
After the meeting, the deputies escorted the family members up Hobble Creek Canyon to the spot where a motorist pulled over to use the bathroom on May 18 and discovered Elizabeth’s remains.
“Hopefully that will fill another hole in their souls right now,” Cannon said about visiting the canyon.