The family of Elizabeth Salgado, a Mexican woman whose remains were discovered under suspicious circumstances May 18 in Utah, reportedly expressed frustration with the investigation and made claims to local media outlet Fox 13 that there are suspects who need to be looked into, according to the station.
The 26-year-old beautiful woman’s remains were discovered in a mountainous region of the state after an exhaustive three-year search, and the case is being treated as a homicide, CrimeOnline previously reported.
Salgado was last seen alive in April 2015, as she left Nomen Global School in Provo, where she was studying English, according to police, who said she had come to the state only 20 days prior to disappearing. The woman’s family expressed to Fox 13 that they were frustrated with the way law enforcement officials have handled the investigation, adding that Salgado told them of an individual who had inquired extensively about her life before she disappeared
“Before Elizabeth disappeared, before she went missing, this person was asking her, ‘I want you to tell me exactly everything about your life. Every detail about your life,’” Rosemberg Salgado, the victim’s uncle, told the media outlet. “I am so frustrated with this case because we have been telling them so many times, over and over again, please investigate this person, but they said there is nothing to investigate.”
On June 15, Sgt. Spencer Cannon of the Utah County Sheriff’s Department, emphasized to CrimeOnline that although a suspect has not yet been named, the department is looking at “absolutely every angle possible.”
The sergeant added that after the family spoke with Fox 13, officials led them to the area where their loved one’s remains were found and “it helped them understand more about why the investigation is being handled the way it is.”
According to Cannon, the family inquired as to why the department “had never investigated the area before” where Salgado’s remains were found, and also questioned “how nobody would’ve come across her remains in all of that time.”
“If you saw the area, you would understand immediately why a person could drive by there, even looking for something off the road, and never see it,” Cannon told CrimeOnline. “Even if someone was driving along that road and looking for something along the side, you wouldn’t see it where Elizabeth was.
As to not yet having identified a suspect, Cannon said they have received “hundreds of tips” and their top priority is making sure a “thorough investigation” is done. They’re also re-interviewing individuals they’ve already spoken to, and are “still in the process of speaking with others,” according to the sergeant.
“We’re looking at all of those people to see if anything develops,” Cannon told CrimeOnline. “When you get 300, 400, 500 tips coming in, it’s not something you can just clear up. People want to know quickly but they also want us to be thorough, and you can’t be thorough with that many tips, that fast unfortunately.
“Even if none of them are legitimately related to the case, it still takes time to follow up legitimately and thoroughly on each one of them. So sadly, it is a time-consuming process.”
When CrimeOnline previously spoke with Cannon in May, he said law enforcement was “lucky” that a man happened to be in the remote area where Salgado’s remains were found.
“It was as the man was going up to find a camping spot, he stopped to take a bathroom break, which is when he came upon her remains,” Cannon stated. “It’s not very often that we get a major piece of evidence in a death investigation because somebody had to use the bathroom. And in this particular spot where she was found, we may have gone another 20 years and never found her.”
A cause of death has not yet been determined, according to Cannon, who said “there may never be an exact cause of death,” citing the amount of time the remains were in the wooded area. However, he said the circumstances still lead police to believe the case is a homicide.
Anyone with information related to the case is asked to call the Investigation Division of the Utah County Sheriff’s Office at 801-851-4010.
[Feature Photo: Elizabeth Salgado/Handout]