Investigation of Unsolved Murders Will Continue into New Year

Investigation of Unsolved Murders Will Continue into New Year


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Whit Johnson Reporting As the year winds down some law enforcement agencies across the state still have some big murder cases to solve.

The good news for people living in Utah is we don't have a lot of homicides compared to the rest of the country. We had 56 in 2005. This year's numbers are still being compiled.

Most of the cases are solved, but Utah still has a few that will likely slip into 2007.

In mid-January World War II Veteran Steve Poulos was found dead in his Holladay home.

Billie Poulos, wife of victim: "We will never have complete closure because we're not really sure what happened in that house."

The prime suspects were Alicia Wingate and Aaron Millenson.

The twist in this case came a few weeks later in Kansas when the couple was gunned down after Alicia allegedly threatened troopers with a knife. With the prime suspects dead, the Salt Lake Sheriff's Office has been unable to close the case.

Investigation of Unsolved Murders Will Continue into New Year

Early in February 29-year-old Sonia Mejia was strangled to death in Taylorsville. She was six months pregnant with a baby boy. Police have a vague description of a male suspect but the investigation has come up empty.

Chief Larry Marx, Taylorsville Police Department: "It is apparent she was strangled, you know this is a horrific crime to occur in the community."

In late April 24-year-old Tommy Donguyen, a known Asian gang member was found bleeding severely next to a car in South Salt Lake City. He later died at the hospital. Police believe he was beaten but no arrests have been made.

Neighbor: "There was a body on the neighbor's driveway which is pretty scary."

Then in late October, the most recent murder mystery, residents in Salt Lake City woke up to a gruesome crime scene. Twenty-seven-year-old Raymond McGaughy was shot in the head and left for dead in front of his home. No one has been charged for the murder but police are investigating the possible link between the homicide and a kidnapping rape in which McGaughy may have been involved.

Now these are the more public cases that are still unsolved. There are also a number of mysterious death investigations that will continue into 2007.

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