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Orem Double Murder has Police Asking for Help

Orem Double Murder has Police Asking for Help

Posted - Jun. 16, 2003 at 4:48 p.m.



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Stacy Butler reportingTwo people were shot to death at close range this weekend, in a bizarre and grizzly double murder that has neighbors concerned, and police asking the public for help.

LaPreal Morford, Neighbor: "I COULD JUST HARDLY BELIEVE IT. WE JUST---SHE WAS GOING TO NURSING SCHOOL. SHE'S JUST A GOOD GOOD PERSON."

Neighbors remember 22-year-old Maritza Aguilar as a bright, talented young woman.

LaPreal Morford, Neighbor: "THEY'VE LIVED HERE SINCE SHE WAS A LITTLE KID AND (THEY WERE) JUST WONDERFUL NEIGHBORS. WE SURE FEEL BAD."

Recently she left her family's home in Pleasant Grove and moved to Provo.

Then early Saturday morning she and her 20-year-old boyfriend, Pablo Montoya, were found dead inside her car.

Lt. Doug Edwards, Orem Police Dept.: "THERE WAS AN AUTOPSY PERFORMED YESTERDAY AND IT DID VERIFY THAT THEY WERE KILLED BY GUNSHOT WOUNDS TO THE HEAD."

When police first found the bodies, they were convinced they had a murder-suicide. But autopsy results released today indicate the wounds are not consistent with suicide. What police have on their hands is a double murder.

Lt. Doug Edwards, Orem Police Dept.: "WE BELIEVE THAT THE SHOOTER WAS LIKELY INSIDE THE CAR AT THE TIME OF THE SHOOTING. HOW HE OR SHE GOT THERE, WE DON'T KNOW."

Police say the victims may have known the shooter. But they're not ruling out a possible carjacking.

The suspect apparently stole Maritza's car keys. Detectives obtained a search warrant and are sifting through her apartment looking for any information that may lead them to the killer.

Lt. Doug Edwards, Orem Police Dept.: "WE CERTAINLY WOULD WELCOME ANY HELP SOMEONE MAY FEEL THEY HAVE IN THE WAY OF INFORMATION."

Orem police are asking for your help. If you have any information you are asked to contact the Orem Police Department.

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