Woman discovered shot to death inside car in Mona, 2 suspects in custody

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MONA, Utah (ABC4) – Deputies with the Juab County Sheriff’s Office are currently investigating the death of a woman found inside a car with a gunshot wound.

According to Juab County Sheriff, deputies were called Sunday just before 1 p.m. to a disturbance at the Park and Pump gas station in Mona. Deputies arrived with the assistance of the Nephi Police Department and discovered a deceased female inside a vehicle that had been shot.

Two suspects, David Manuel Mestas, 26, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Richard Anthony Sanchez, 26, of Rapid City, South Dakota, were both booked into the Juab County Jail on charges related to the death of the victim, according to deputies. A third person, a female, was also brought in for questioning related to the disturbance and the body found in the vehicle but further information, such as a possible probable cause statement was not given.

According to the police affidavit, the group had been driving through the state on their way to Las Vegas after a slew of incidents in South Dakota. Reportedly, the female in the group had been pistol-whipped by an unknown man in South Dakota, and the female victim set up the circumstances that led to a possible revenge shooting committed on the man by the female in question by the now-suspected males.

As the four, the two male suspects, the woman in question and the female victim were travelling from South Dakota, one of the males allegedly raised his weapon and fired at the female victim, after hearing the other talk about him and call him a ‘snitch.’ From there, the male suspects attempted to conceal the body in the rear of the car before stopping at the Mona gas station where they had the disturbance which led to their arrest.

One of the male suspects confessed to the homicide of the victim discovered in Utah and separate stories about the incidents in South Dakota were corroborated by two members of the party under questioning.

The victim has been transported to the Utah State Medical Examiners Office to obtain positive identification and an official cause of death.

The investigation is ongoing and no further information will be released at this time.

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