GARFIELD COUNTY (ABC4 News) – Garfield County Sheriff’s Office announced it has solved a 1998 cold case.
In April 1998, a passerby found a woman shot in the head on the side of State Route 276 about 38 miles north of the Bull Frog area of Lake Powell. As she went unidentified for years, the woman was dubbed the “Maidenwater victim” after the area where her remains were discovered.
The victim’s body was covered with plastic bags, wrapped in duct tape, tied with a rope and placed inside a sleeping bag before being wrapped in carpet.
The Department of Public Safety renewed the investigation into the murder in October 2018. They asked the public for help identifying the “Jane Doe” and any tips that could lead investigators to her murderer.
Through the work of the State Bureau of Investigation, officials identified the woman as Lena Reyes-Geddes of Ohio.
Investigators said the suspect in her murder died by suicide in Nevada in the early 2000s.
“The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office is very grateful to give our victim a name and peace to her family. We are also grateful for the State Bureau of Investigation for their help,” said the agency in a statement.
On Thursday the Utah Department of Public Safety explained how the major break in the case came about.