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Woman claims possible new evidence in cold-case murder

Woman claims possible new evidence in cold-case murder



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SALT LAKE CITY -- Salt Lake City police are meeting Wednesday with a woman who claims to have possible new evidence in the cold-case murder of 6-year-old Rosie Tapia.

The woman, a former prison guard, claims she received a letter for an inmate who said he had knowledge about the girl's death.

Sgt. Robin Snyder of the Salt Lake City Police Department says solving the 14-year-old case is a priority.

"If this is evidence and if this leads us to something, then we'll be very pleased," she said.

The woman questioned police priorities, claiming she's already tried to contact them but that they weren't interested. Snyder says there's no record of any contact from her until Tuesday.

Rosie Tapia was kidnapped while she slept in her bed in 1995. The person got in through an open window. The next morning, a man walking his dog found Rosie's body in the canal near her Salt Lake home. She had been sexually assaulted and murdered.

E-mail: mgiauque@ksl.com

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Marc Giauque

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