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Police investigating suspicious death of Holladay woman

By Ashley Imlay, KSL | Updated - Dec. 13, 2019 at 5:09 p.m. | Posted - Dec. 13, 2019 at 11:20 a.m.

HOLLADAY — Police are investigating after a Holladay woman died earlier this week under suspicious circumstances after being at her home with a man who had a protective order against him.

About 6:30 a.m. Sunday, Unified fire received a medical call from a home at 2360 E. Phylden Drive. Medical crews found the owner, 43-year-old Ester Beveridge, unconscious, Unified Police Sgt. Melody Gray said.

She was taken to University Hospital. Beveridge remained unconscious in the hospital until she died Monday. Police were unable to speak to her.

Beveridge’s family members notified police that she had been at the home with a man she had dated, Jerry Zeibig, 43.

“They told us that she was in the hospital and that she had possibly been involved in a domestic altercation earlier in the day,” Gray said.

Beveridge had an active protective order against Zeibig, according to court documents. He was arrested Monday and booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of violating a protective order.

Zeibig told police he had been with Beveridge at the time she went unconscious and stated that “he knew of the protective order and that he shouldn’t have been with Ester,” according to an affidavit filed in support of his arrest,

A CT scan showed she had a brain bleed. Though police said Beveridge suffered from medical issues, “at this point the injury is suspicious,” the affidavit states.

“There are a lot of unanswered questions that we may never know the answers to. We don’t know if he was there because she wanted him to be there, or we don’t know if he just went there. We have no idea,” Gray said.

Police were awaiting autopsy results, according to the sergeant. She said investigators were “exploring other avenues of investigation” in the case to find answers.

In September, Zeibig was arrested after police said he began punching Beveridge multiple times in her face as she slept, according to court records.

“Ms. Beveridge had a black eye and bruising near her other eye,” the documents state.

Zeibig was charged with domestic violence assault, a class A misdemeanor, in that case.

Correction: An earlier version quoted police as saying Beveridge died on Tuesday. She actually died Monday, according to her daughter.

Ashley Imlay

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