Name: Elizabeth Salgado
Last seen: April 16, 2015
Location: Provo, Utah
Status: Found deceased
Elizabeth Salgado was a 26-year-old living in Chiapas, Mexico.
She had just come back from a trip with her church, her family was devoured Mormons, she aspired to study English and spread the gospel, which is why she moved to Provo, Utah on March 23rd, 2015.
She had just received her scholarship to the Gnomon Global Language Center and was only in Utah for 3 weeks before her disappearance. She had started a waitressing job in a Mexican restaurant.
Elizabeth Salgado was last seen on April 16, 2015, in Provo, Utah.
She was last seen leaving her class at around 1:30 pm, at the Nomen Global Language Center, 384 W. Center, heading back to her apartment which was a mile and a half walk home. She texted her sister like she normally would letting her know she was going home.
Elizabeth also texted her uncle, Rosemberg Salgado, saying she would love for him to take her to the store later around 5 pm.
She had been heading northbound on 400 West. Her cellphone had no more activity from there, her credit cards were not active, her social media had no further activity on it.
Elizabeth’s uncle Rosemberg called her other uncle, who lived in California, and told him he was supposed to pick Elizabeth up but couldn’t get a hold of her. They both decided to call the police department, as this was extremely unusual for Elizabeth.
Authorities immediately questioned all of Elizabeth’s friends, classmates, and teachers, which is when they received their first tip.
Rosemberg remembered a conversation he had with Elizabeth where she had told him that there was a boy that was very interested in her and she said it made her extremely uncomfortable and that he wasn’t getting the hint to back off. Police questioned the boy and he was ruled out as a suspect.
Police conducted search parties the route Elizabeth would have taken. However, nothing was found.
On May 18th, 2018, when a man discovered remains in bushes in Hobble Creek Canyon above Springville and contacted the Utah County Sheriff’s Office.
On May 23rd, 2018, Provo investigators confirmed that the skeletal remains found in Hobble Creek Canyon are that of Elizabeth Salgado.
Authorities believe that she was given a ride to the location where her remains were found, which is approximately 15 miles away from where she was last seen.
The cause and manner of death have not been determined, but her case is being investigated as a homicide. Authorities said her body appeared to have been exposed to the elements for years.
Male DNA Found on Coin Where Elizabeth Salgado’s Remains Were Discovered
The Utah Cold Case Coalition announced that a male DNA sample was found on a coin collected from the site where Elizabeth Salgado’s remains were found.
The coin was discovered in July 2019 and sent off for DNA testing. It was found at a makeshift headstone in Hobble Creek Canyon where her body was found.
Jason Jensen, private investigator and co-founder of the Utah Cold Case Coalition, said: “It was in the exact location where her body (was found),” Jensen said. “There’s a makeshift headstone out of a cross and it is in a clearing where her body was located — it was right in the center of where her body would’ve been.”
Once a DNA analysis is complete it will be used to develop a profile using Ged-Match technology, the same method that was used to find the Golden State Killer.
If you have any information on Elizabeth Salgado’s case, please contact the Utah County Sheriff’s Office, Investigator Division: 801-851-4010 or the Utah Cold Case Coalition Tip line: 385-258-3313. You can also submit any information on the case at: https://www.elizabethsalgado.info/
Her family hopes this will be the answer to their prayers.
“We have always asked God for justice in finding her killer,” Sara Laguna Salgado said.
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