Missing South Jordan man found dead, 3 suspects in custody

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UPDATE (Sat 5 p.pm.) – Police arrested and charged three suspects after an early morning SWAT raid of a South Salt Lake City apartment. 

Diana Hernandez,30, and Jessica Reese (alias: Miller),38, have been charged with obstruction of justice and Manuel Velasquez,31, has been charged with homicide, possession of a weapon by a restricted person, and other charges related to the death of David Stokoe. 

Police say that they located the body in a crawl-space under the apartment and believe that Stokoe was killed by gun after a brief confrontation on Thursday. They believe that Hernandez and Reese aided Velasquez in cleaning the apartment and hiding the body. 

The two suspects arrested with the vehicle have been deemed by police to be not in any way related to the murder; one was released and one was booked into jail on unrelated charges. 

The three suspects in this case are known to police as being drug users. 

Here is a link to a GoFundMe account created for the Stokoe family. 

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UPDATE (Sat 9 a.m.) – Police in West Valley City located the vehicle early Saturday morning after it was reported missing by Salt Lake City Police who found the body of the vehicle’s owner, David Stokoe. 

Detective Greg Wilking, Salt Lake City Police, said they have taken the two people who were inside the vehicle into custody and they are currently being questioned. 

The two people have not yet been directly linked to Stokoe’s death. 

An update is expected later Saturday.

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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) –  Police are investigating a homicide after a missing South Jordan man was found dead Friday night.

“Sadly, we are now investigating a homicide,” said police when they announced David Stokoe’s body had been found. 

South Jordan police contacted Salt Lake police and requested they conduct a welfare check on a Stokoe who was reported missing out of South Jordan. 

Late Friday afternoon, Salt Lake officers responded to a rental property owned by Stokoe in the area of Windsor St. and Princeton Ave. Investigators received information that it was the last place he was seen.

Officers said they made entry into the apartment and saw things that were “concerning.”

“We’re very concerned about David’s well-being, that he may be in danger,” said Detective Greg Wilking with Salt Lake City Police Department. 

Police are still asking the public to keep an eye out for David’s SUV. It’s a 2015 white Cadillac Escalade with Utah plate F823HC.  Wilking said given the time-frame that’s involved, the vehicle could be thousands of miles away, so they would like everyone to be on the lookout. 

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 801-799-3000 (case number 19-10532). 

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