Orem Police Believe Drugs Were Motive in Murder

Orem Police Believe Drugs Were Motive in Murder

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John Daley ReportingThere's new information on the killings of two young people in a car found in an Orem orchard earlier this month. Orem police say they now believe the motive in this case is likely drug-related.

A couple of weeks ago two people, Pablo Montoya and Maritza Aguilar, were found shot to death in a car located in a fruit orchard.

Orem police say they searched the pair's apartment and found a small amount of cocaine inside. Detectives also searched Aguilar's car and found a large quantity of rock cocaine. They say the street value was up to 24-thousand dollars.

Using the department's drug detection dog they located another compartment in the front bumper of the car that they say had been created for the purpose of hiding and transporting cocaine. There was no cocaine in the compartment, but detectives did find drug residue.

Doug Edwards/Orem Police Dept.: "I think that we believe we have a motive at this point. Likely it was drug-related. There is some evidence to suggest, in fact we really believe, whoever the shooter was did search that car after he shot Pablo and Maritza. Probably looking for the drugs that we found."

Police say the murderer was likely looking for the cocaine that was hidden and possibly money, since Montoya's wallet was not with him and has never been located.

Police say they still have no firm information about who the shooter is, but are hoping these new details will help them find him.

Doug Edwards/Orem Police Dept.: "We don't know. Of course, we have our suspicions and we're following up on those. But it would be premature at this point to give out any information about out suspicions about who the shooter is."

Anyone with information is asked to call Orem Police.

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