Local News

University of Utah doctor killed in murder-suicide

Woman, man found dead in Sugar House home

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) – Salt Lake City Police Department is investigating an apparent murder-suicide. 

Police responded to a disturbance call Sunday night to find two people dead on arrival.

Sgt. Brandon Shearer with Salt Lake City police said a crew was dispatched a home near 1800 East Ramona Ave. at 8 p.m. Sunday.

Crews arrived on scene to find 27-year-old Sarah Hawley and 30-year-old suspect Travis Geddes dead. Officials are considering the incident a murder-suicide.

“It’s very tragic, any time you have something like this happens," said Sgt. Brandon Shearer with Salt Lake City Police.

"We don’t know if there were previous cases of domestic violence, but none had been reported to police, that’s why we encourage people to report — we have resources available to get people out of serious situations, or violent situations. The last thing we ever want is something tragic like this to happen," added Shearer.

Hawley was a first-year family medicine resident with the University of Utah. The University released the following statement after her death: 

"Dr. Hawley came to University of Utah Health from UC San Francisco to continue her passion of providing care to women and children in underserved communities, said Kolawole Okuyemi, MD, MPH, chair, Department of Family & Preventive Medicine. "Her adventurous spirit and love of learning will be missed by all those who knew her."

"Our thoughts are with Dr. Hawley's family, friends and co-workers, as well as all those in our community who are impacted by this senseless act of violence," stated Michael Good, MD, CEO, University of Utah Health and Dean, University of Utah School of Medicine. "Her colleagues have shared Dr. Hawley always did a great job of connecting with her patients and understanding where they were coming from.  She treated the whole person, and patients were always appreciative of her approach. She was a promising young physician, and we mourn her loss and extend our deepest sympathies to her family and friends."

Brian Vukelic, MD, who was Dr. Hawley's residency advisor, stated, "Sarah made it a priority to stay in touch with her family, constantly talking about them and always mentioning her love of family.  At the same time, she was excited about the opportunities Utah offered to her, particularly the ability to spend time doing all the outdoor activities she loved so much. Sarah was friendly, fantastic, and hardworking. She always gave everything her all."

If you or someone you know is in a dangerous, domestic situation there is free and confidential help. Support for victims and survivors of domestic and intimate partner violence is available 24/7: 1-800-897-LINK (5465) or at udvc.org or SVSUtah.org. If you or someone else is in immediate danger, please call 9-1-1 immediately.


More Stories

Latest News

Video Center