Sanpete County man calls police, admits he just murdered someone


SANPETE COUNTY, Utah (ABC4 News)- A man is in custody for the murder of a 73-year-old man in Sanpete County.

According to a post on the Sanpete County Sheriff”s Office Facebook page, the suspect, 32-year-old Michael Hartnell called police just before 5:30 p.m. Monday.

“Hartnell stated he had killed someone and wanted to turn himself in,” the Facebook post stated.

When officers arrived they found the victim, Joseph Vallejo dead inside a home in Fairview on Cobble Ridge Road.

Hartnell was arrested and transported to the Sanpete County Jail where he’s booked on charges related to murder.

Police did not release a motive.

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