Police: Colorado teen who likely died in Utah was stuffed in suitcase – KSL.com
WEST VALLEY CITY — The body of a Colorado teenager believed to have died in a Utah hotel room was found stuffed in a suitcase, according to a newly released search warrant affidavit.
The body of Kelly Myers, 18, of Grand Junction, was discovered Feb. 28 at the Cactus Park hiking area in western Colorado, about 22 miles from Myers’ hometown and 300 miles from where police believe she died.
As of Tuesday, West Valley police were calling her death “suspicious” but have not classified it as a homicide. But according to a search warrant obtained by the Deseret News, detectives were looking for “any other fruits or instrumentalities determined to be evidence of the crimes of criminal homicide, kidnapping, obstruction of justice, desecration of a body.”
According to warrant affidavit, Myers’ body was put inside a suitcase and kept in a West Valley hotel before it was transported to the Cactus Park area. Furthermore, two persons of interest being investigated by police in connection with Myers’ disappearance and death have strong drug trafficking ties between Utah and Colorado.
Eduardo De La Cruz, 30, remained in the Mesa County Jail on Tuesday for investigation of conspiracy to distribute heroin. According to The Daily Sentinel in Grand Junction, De La Cruz was the “alleged ringleader” in a drug trafficking organization, “supplying large quantities of heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and prescription narcotics.”
As of Tuesday, West Valley police were calling him a “person of interest” in Myers’ disappearance and death, but they have not classified him as a “suspect.”
De La Cruz has a criminal history in Utah and a last known address in West Valley City. In 2000, he was convicted of aggravated robbery and sentenced to six years to life at the Utah State Prison. An additional charge of attempted murder was dismissed, according to court records. He was also ordered to serve up to five years in prison on a felony drug conviction in 2011, a sentence that was ordered to run concurrently with any other sentence he was serving at that time.
Da La Cruz is also currently a suspect in an unrelated drive-by shooting on Feb. 14 … – Click Here To Visit Article Source