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Man accused of helping dump body of murdered Kearns woman



Police arrested a sixth person who is allegedly involved in the case disappearance of 25-year-old Nicole Solorio-Romero, who was kidnapped and killed last month.

A probable cause affidavit released Friday notes 26-year-old Cristian Noe Morales-Gonzales was arrested for obstruction of justice after helping dispose of Solorio-Romero’s body.

A probable cause affidavit released Friday notes 26-year-old Cristian Noe Morales-Gonzales was arrested for obstruction of justice after helping dispose of Nicole Solorio-Romero’s body. (Booking photo provided by Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office)

Investigators are not commenting on if Solorio-Romero’s body has been located, but police were in a remote part of Tooele County on state Route 73 on Thursday night, according to a witness and a law enforcement source.

Earlier this week, Fernando D. Marquez and Carolina Marquez were taken into custody on suspicion of kidnapping and murder while Ivan Acosta was arrested for kidnapping and obstruction of justice.

Police served a search warrant Tuesday at a Kearns residence where Solorio-Romero was kidnapped.

Surveillance video showed two men grab Solorio-Romero off the street outside her address of 5133 W. 5400 South in Kearns on Feb. 6. Orlando Esiesa Tobar and Jorge Rafael Medina-Reyes were arrested and charged with Solorio-Romero’s murder.

In previous charging documents, prosecutors alleged Tobar and Medina-Reyes took Solorio-Romero to a residence in West Valley City and shot her.

“Fernando Marquez called Chaparro [Tobar] and told him to bring Nicole to the Elba address [in West Valley City]. Carolina told Chaparro to take Nicole upstairs when they arrived with her,” the affidavit states.

Carolina Marquez was interviewed and allegedly said she was at the West Valley City residence and witnessed the shooting. Police later served a search warrant there and found substantial blood evidence. They also found evidence that suggested people tried to clean up the blood, court documents stated.

Police say the parties involved went to Carolina Marquez’s restaurant after the murder, before Tobar told Marquez to go back to the apartment and clean up.

Acosta told police he was at the West Valley location when the victim was brought there, but was outside the apartment when he heard the gun shot. After meeting at the restaurant, he went back to the apartment but said he did not clean up, though he told police Carolina Marquez did.

Suspects involved called Morales-Gonzales to help dispose of the body. They drove away in a white truck with a trailer, police stated.

According to witness statements documented in court records, Tobar and Medina-Reyes were upset with Solorio-Romero because they believed she gave police information that led to the arrest of one of Tobar’s “close associates.”

Solorio-Romero reportedly told the witnesses that Tobar and Medina-Reyes were responsible for her husband’s death before Tobar said she “knew too much, and she was not going to leave that apartment,” charging documents stated.

Individuals charged in complaints are presumed innocent unless or until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in court.


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