Man charged in 1982 cold case returned to Utah

Man charged in 1982 cold case returned to Utah

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SALT LAKE CITY — A Nebraska man wanted in Salt Lake City in connection with a killing nearly four decades ago is back in Utah.

Bryan Reed, 55, of South Sioux City, Nebraska, was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail over the weekend. He faces charges in 3rd District Court of murder and aggravated burglary, both first-degree felonies.

Reed is scheduled to make his first appearance in a Utah courtroom on Feb. 7.

On Aug. 18, 1982, Reed, who was 17 at the time, allegedly entered 72-year-old Wilhelmina Reid’s home, 959 W. California Ave. (1300 South), through a bathroom window, hit Reid multiple times with a baseball bat, then went back to his house where he washed his clothes and went to bed, according to charging documents.

Reed lived with his stepmother at the time, across the street from the elderly woman’s house, the charges state.


Reid’s body was found face down on her bed during a welfare check. Later that same day, police say Reed left Utah to attend school in Nebraska.

The case went cold until 2018 when Salt Lake police interviewed Reed in Sioux City followed by new DNA testing in 2019.

After charges were filed, a $1 million warrant was issued to extradite Reed back to Utah.

Correction: An earlier version reported Bryan Reed is from Sioux City. He is from South Sioux City, Nebraska.


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Pat Reavy is a longtime police and courts reporter. He joined the team in 2021, after many years of reporting at the Deseret News and KSL NewsRadio before that.


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