WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) – The West Valley Police Department is offering a reward for information related to the 2017 murder of a 16-year-old boy.
Fernando Aranda was walking near his home near Thayn Drive in West Valley City on May 30, 2017, when police said he was approached by a group of males who assaulted and shot him.
Aranda later died from his injuries, according to police.
Investigators said they have put in a lot of work to solve the case and while they are very close to solving the case, they need some help from the public.
The department is now offering for a $5,000 reward for information in the Fernando Aranda homicide.
They said their hope is that this reward will encourage anyone with valuable information about the incident to come forward.
A press conference will be held on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. to publicly announce the reward. During the press conference, police say they will reveal details investigators have uncovered that may help the public identify the suspect or suspects in the case.
West Valley City Police Chief Colleen Jacobs, Lead Investigator for the Aranda case, Detective Ryan Morrill, and Fernando Aranda’s mother, Azelia Salgado, and stepfather, Eduardo Segovia, are all expected to attend the news conference.
Anyone with information about the case is advised to call 801-840-4000. Police say all those who provide tips may remain anonymous.
This is a developing story. More information will be provided as it becomes available.