Sketch Of Possible Suspect Released In Salt Lake City Cold Case
May 8, 2019, 1:59 PM
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Utah Cold Case Coalition on Wednesday released a sketch of a possible suspect in a 24-year-old cold case.
The coalition is asking for the public’s help identifying the man, who could be connected to the death of 6-year-old Rosie Tapia, who was abducted, raped and murdered in August of 1995.
According to officials, the sketch is based on the recollections of a neighbor who lived in the Hartland Apartments near 1700 South and Redwood Road, where Tapia was abducted from.
The girl’s body was found in a nearby canal off the Jordan River near 1900 South and 1600 West.
According to the coalition, the neighbor was up early and outside when he claimed to have seen a teenager with wet pants coming from the direction of the canal the morning Tapia was discovered. The teen was described as 16-17 years old at the time, Hispanic, with a slight build, a narrow face and high cheek bones.
A retired California sergeant who is now a sketch artist offered to work with the neighbor and sketch the teen who was described.
If you recognize the face in the sketch, you’re asked to call the Cold Case Coalition tipline at 385-258-3313, or the Salt Lake City Police Department at 801-799-3000.