Family Wants Answers to Murder of Utahns in Brazil

Family Wants Answers to Murder of Utahns in Brazil

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- The family of Michelle Staheli says they want closure to her murder five months ago.

Staheli and her husband Shell Oil executive Todd Staheli were found bludgeoned to death in their home in Rio de Janeiro last November.

Cliffside resident Mike Davis says having to deal with his sister's death was hard, but not knowing why she was killed is worse.

Police have focused on a handyman who reportedly confessed to the crime. But he later recanted his confession and though family members say he may have played a part, they don't believe he was the mastermind.

The Davises think the crime may have been related to Todd Staheli's work on numerous controversial projects with Shell. But Mike Davis says he's unsure if he can trust the country's justice system and calls the situation frustrating.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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