Police: Missing Hotchkiss woman murdered – The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel
The body of a 27-year-old woman who disappeared from her Hotchkiss home last week was found Wednesday afternoon in Utah, more than seven hours after a man allegedly confessed to killing her.
Madelaine Loh’s body was found at about 1 p.m. Wednesday in Millard County, Utah, after 24-year-old Edgar Macias-Moreno allegedly admitted to killing her to Delta County sheriff’s investigators, the office wrote in a release Wednesday.
Loh was last seen June 19 on a farm near the intersection of L and Stingley Gulch roads, northwest of Hotchkiss and more than 300 miles from Millard County, which sits on the westernmost edge of Utah bordering Nevada. Loh’s dog was found alone on U.S. Highway 50 not far from the Delta-Mesa County line at about 2 a.m. June 20.
Loh’s mother, a Florida resident, reported her missing Sunday after not hearing from her for several days, earlier reports said. According to information released Wednesday, Delta County sheriff’s investigators learned that Loh’s employer believed she and Macias-Moreno had gone camping.
The Sheriff’s Office asked the public to be on the lookout for Loh’s dark blue Jeep Renegade and checked local camping areas, the release said.
At about 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, Macias-Moreno turned himself in to the Sheriff’s Office and told investigators he had killed Loh and taken her body to Utah, according to the Wednesday press release. Little is known about Macias-Moreno’s confession, as a full arrest affidavit has yet to be released.
Colorado Bureau of Investigation records show him being held on suspicion of first-degree murder after deliberation; second-degree kidnapping; reckless endangerment; abuse of a corpse; aggravated motor vehicle theft; illegal use of credit cards; fraud; concealing death; and a charge listed as a