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Police Seek Specific Person in Slaying of Ogden Tourist

Police Seek Specific Person in Slaying of Ogden Tourist



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Police in Guatemala are seeking a specific person in the slaying of an Ogden architect in the robbery of a Utah tour group last week.

"We're on a good path," Faustino Sanchez, chief of public relations for the national police in Guatemala City, told The Salt Lake Tribune. "Our investigation is going really well."

Sanchez said authorities were seeking one individual in particular, but he provided no details.

"If we find one, we can find the others," he said.

Four homes have been searched in the Quetzaltenango area, where the minivan carrying 13 tourists and Guatemalan driver Filiberto Roca Marroquin was driven off the road by robbers and its occupants held at gunpoint on Wednesday.

Witnesses said Brett Richards, 52, was shot in the chest as he tried to help another of the victims.

Sanchez said Sunday that Richards may have tried to oppose one or more of the assailants, who perceived his moves as aggressive.

Richards, who was traveling with his wife, Becky, and other family members, died en route to a hospital in Retaljuleu.

His body was returned to Utah on Sunday, said a friend of the family, Lynn Blake. Funeral services are scheduled for Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Weber Height Stake Center in Ogden.

The tourists, many of them relatives of Richards', were visiting sites in Guatemala thought by some members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to be related to people in the Book of Mormon.

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

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