Person of interest in homicide of Utah woman arrested in Denver

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Hope Gabaldon, 21, was the victim of a homicide in Utah. A person of interest in the case was arrested in Denver on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016. (Photo: KSTU)

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DENVER — A person of interest in the homicide case of a woman who was found left for dead on the side of a road in Utah was taken into custody Sunday in Denver, according to police.

The incident happened in West Valley City, Utah. Hope Galbadon, 21, was the victim of a violent attack and found lying on the side of a road around 10:30 p.m. Thursday. She was rushed to a hospital, where she later died.

“Someone had discovered this woman lying at the side of the road. She was bleeding badly. They thought maybe she had been hit by a car and that the car had taken off,” Roxeanne Vainuku with West Valley City Police Department told KSTU.

Police did not have many details on the extent of her injuries or what kind of injuries she had suffered.

“What I can tell you at this point is that she had a number of traumatic injuries, and we just don’t know exactly what caused them, so we’re working very closely with the medical examiner’s office to try to determine exactly what happened,” Vainuku said.

The woman did not have a license or any other form of identification on her when she was found. Vainuku said the woman was too badly hurt to speak to anyone about what happened to her, and she died before she could recover enough to speak.

West Valley City police worked with the Denver Police Department to locate and detain a person of interest in the homicide. Denver police said they were assisting the U.S. Marshals Office.

The person was taken into custody Sunday afternoon near the 4300 block of Deephaven Court in the Montbello neighborhood.

The identity of the person of interest and any possible connection between them and the victim has not been released by authorities.

West Valley City police said because of the ongoing nature of the investigation, they were unable to comment further.

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