PLEASANT VIEW, Utah (ABC4 News) -A man arrested in connection to the death of a West Jordan woman whose body was found in Ogden Canyon last month has been charged with murder.
Andy Dane Oketang Dennis, 37, the ex-boyfriend of Lopine “Chynna” Toilolo, 30, was arrested and booked into the Weber County Jail on June 17. Official charges were filed the next day.
The woman’s family said they reported her missing on Sunday, May 10. But said police could not file an official missing person case at that time as they were unsure where she went missing from.
The family then turned to social media in a plea to help find her.
On Tuesday Investigators received a 911 call around 6 p.m. of a female body in Ogden Canyon. Her family and law enforcement later identified the body as Toilolo.
Friends and family had suspected Dennis was behind her death but it wasn’t until Tuesday, June 17 they were able to make an arrest.
Court documents show that on the 10th, neighbors in Pleasant View reported that the woman was yelling, banging on their windows, and ringing doorbells at approximately 4:40 a.m. These same witnesses also told officers that they had witnessed the victim go back to the residence and then saw her leaving with Dennis in his car. The witness took photos of the events.
When Toilolo’s family reported her missing, they said she texted them on the
morning of May 10 at about 3 a.m. telling them that she was leaving and coming to them. That was the last time anyone heard from her.
Dennis told them Toilolo had left his residence on her own around 5 a.m. after calling for an UBER. When confronted by police about the witness accounts, he changed his story said he dropped her off in West Jordan.
Investigators used cell phone data to track both Dennis and Toilolo’s movement the night she went missing. His phone traced to his home prior to when the two were seen leaving and then in Ogden Canyon around 9:47 a.m.
Police said Dennis’ two children were home at the time the woman was last seen there. During an interview at the Children’s Justice Center, they initially told detectives that Toilolo left the home with someone else, which they later said they were told what to say if the police asked them any questions.
The medical examiner ruled Toilolo died by strangulation and there were “patterns on her body that would suggest that she died face down on some type of blanket or sheet. It appeared to investigators that the victim died at a different location from where she was discovered”
Dennis was charged with first-degree felony murder and second-degree felony obstruction of justice, (x2) and third-degree felony abuse or desecretion of a human body.
Her family says her death could have been avoided and they tried to get her to move out of state to get her away from what they called a “toxic relationship.”
Her best friend Nathan Vete said they purchased a ticket because they live in Arizona and told her the best thing for her was to get out of Utah and get away.
But Chynna comes from a tight-knit family, and friends and family say she didn’t want to leave them.
The Toilolos say they won’t give up on getting justice for Chynna.
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