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Layton man kills Tinder date, turns himself in, police say

By Graham Dudley, KSL.com | Updated - May 24, 2020 at 1:56 p.m. | Posted - May 24, 2020 at 9:21 a.m.


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LAYTON — One man is in custody Sunday after police say he admitted to killing a woman he met on Tinder Saturday night.

Ethan Hunsaker, 24, called police at 3:19 a.m. and said he'd killed a woman inside his home near 1300 N. Reid Ave., according to a news release from Layton police.

When police arrived, they found a woman lying on the floor with "multiple stab wounds to the torso."

"Despite efforts to revive the victim, she was pronounced deceased on scene," police wrote. Police did not release her name.

Hunsaker told police he met the 25-year-old woman on Tinder late Saturday night. According to a probable cause statement filed by police, the two began communicating about 9 p.m. Saturday.

Hunsaker picked the woman up from her home and they went to a Layton bar together. After a short time, police wrote, they went back to Hunsaker's home.

Hunsaker told police he woke up during the night with the woman laying on his left arm. He began choking the woman, he said, for about a minute; the woman fought back, police wrote, which is consistent with marks on Hunsaker's arms, neck and shoulders.

Hunsaker then walked to his kitchen and grabbed a pocket knife; he returned to the bedroom and stabbed the woman, who was lying on the floor, multiple times in her chest, side and back, police said.

He called police about 10 minutes later.

Police wrote that Hunsaker told them the date was normal and there had been no argument with the woman that would cause him to want to kill her. Hunsaker has a history of mental health problems, they said; he told police he has "daily thoughts" of suicidal and homicidal ideation.

Hunsaker will be booked into the Davis County Jail on suspicion of murder.

Though Hunsaker is in custody, Layton police are asking anyone with information about the crime to contact them at 801-497-8300.

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