SALT LAKE, Utah (ABC 4 News) – The last person to see Kenny Winston alive was likely his killer.
The 16-year-old was shot, killed and left in a brushy area between homes near 2700 South in Sugarhouse.
“We haven’t had a lot of issues or troubles or anything like this,” Jared Hess, a resident said.
Winston’s family last saw the teen Sunday night. Construction workers found the boy’s body Wednesday morning.
People say the open field where the teen was found is used by many locals to walk their dogs. They call it a safe area that hardly sees crime.
Residents believe the teen’s body may have been dumped.
According to Salt Lake Police, Winston was far from home. The teen lived in the Glendale area and went to West High School.
“We don’t know what he was doing in the area,” Salt Lake Police Public Information Officer John Ashdown said. “He doesn’t have any family or friends there.”
Police said the have few leads. Neighbors never heard gunshots. Everyone wants the case solved quickly.
“It is very tragic,” Hess added. “My heart goes out to the family. I hope we can find out what happened.”
Ashdown says anyone with information about the shooting or why the teen was in the area should call or text police. Authorities are offering up to $5,000 for information leading to an arrest in the case.
The detective says he doesn't know how long the body had been in the field, or if Winston had been shot more than once.