Person of interest in custody in West Valley City homicide

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UPDATE (Monday 4/29/19) – Police have confirmed they currently have a person of interest in custody and are continuing to conduct interviews into the death of 22-year-old Jake Gengelbach over the weekend. 

West Valley City Police said they are in the process of serving a search warrant in the case. 

An update will be provided once more information is obtained. 


WEST VALLEY CITY, UT (ABC 4 NEWS) – West Valley City Police made a plea to the public Sunday evening. Investigators are asking for the public’s help tracking down the gunman in a homicide.

Investigators say it happened around 1:40 A.M. Sunday morning. It’s after multiple calls of shots being fired were made from the Overlook Point Apartments. They’re located at 4612 South 2930 West.

“When the reports of the shots fired came in, it was just people calling in,” said Lt. Justin Wyckoff of the West Valley City Police Department. “They don’t know where it was in the complex.”

Officers responded, but didn’t find anything suspicious. So, they started searching the parking lots of  businesses surrounding the complex. That’s when they found the lifeless body of 22-year-old Jake Gengelbach in the parking lot of Hire’s Restaurant.

“It appears it was a shooting,” said Wyckoff. “We won’t know until the medical examiner does their investigation.”

Hire’s Restaurant is located where drivers turn in to enter the apartment complex.

“We’re looking for anybody that has any information, video, if they heard or saw a car,” said Wyckoff. “They can call 801-840-4000.

Police are hoping with the public’s help, they can make an arrest and find out a motive.

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