Neighbors learn man in Ogden allegedly hiding from 2019 Alaska murder case

May 9, 2022, 10:31 PM | Updated: Jun 10, 2022, 11:01 pm
(Homer Police Department)...
(Homer Police Department)
(Homer Police Department)

OGDEN, Utah — Ogden residents are shocked after learning their neighbor is an accused murderer who allegedly hid from police in Alaska for more than two and a half years.

Multiple people living on Quincy Avenue knew or had seen Kirby Calderwood in the neighborhood, and immediately recognized his mugshot.

Some of them watched police arrest Calderwood and search his home, but they had no idea at the time what it was about.

On Monday, several people recounted to KSL TV what they say they saw on Friday a few days prior.

“I saw a bunch of police with guns coming down the street, and so I was like, what’s going on?” recalled Heidi Valderramos.

She took videos of police on her street as she looked out the window. Another neighbor who lives in a separate apartment unit in the same home as Calderwood could see police outside his kitchen window.

That neighbor, who didn’t want his name used to protect his privacy, said he went outside and asked police what was happening, but all they would say is that it didn’t concern him.

“They were here for three, four hours probably,” he said. “You could hear the police searching the back house, and I saw them putting him in a squad car.”

Valderramos said they saw police swabbing Calderwood’s mouth.

It wasn’t until Monday that Valderramos and the several other people living on the street would find out that Calderwood was wanted for murder.

The Homer Police Department posted that Calderwood was arrested and charged with kidnapping, first-degree murder, second-degree murder, and tampering with evidence in the disappearance of Anesha “Duffy” Murnane from Homer, Alaska.

Ogden man arrested in connection to 2019 missing persons case in Alaska

She went missing in October 2019, police said, and court documents state that Calderwood fled to Utah after police initially questioned him.

Court documents stated that investigators found a machete and knives with what looked like dried blood on them during a search of his home. Police also reported finding guns, even though Calderwood is not allowed to possess them.

People in the neighborhood told KSL TV that Calderwood had been living in the back apartment of the home on Quincy Avenue for the past year or so.

They’re now feeling shocked, knowing that what they saw unfold in Utah had to do with cracking a huge murder and missing persons case in Alaska.

“I feel like that’s really scary,” Valderramos said. “You never know who you’re living next to and who you can trust.”

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