Marcos Ortiz, ABC4 Utah

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ABC4 Utah

Salt Lake City, UT, United States

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Past articles by Marcos:

Allegations of animal abuse found in Sanpete County

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – Two men discovered a field of carcasses near their property. It was just the beginning. Upon closer inspection, they soon learned there was more than just dead sheep on their neighbor’s property. Tony Canterberry said it’s not the first time he’s seen a grisly sight like the one he found […] → Read More

Missing in Utah: ‘Where’s my mommy’ asks six-year-old

A six-year-old continues to wonder what happened to her mother. In August 2020, Jolley disappeared, leaving behind her six-year-old daughter with her grandmother. → Read More

Unsealed search warrant reveals possible suspect in Moab murders

MOAB, Utah (ABC4) – A newly unsealed search warrant has revealed a possible suspect in the double murders of two Moab women. Kylen Schulte and Crystal Turner were brutally murdered while camping near the La Sal Loop Road in August 2021. Their killer has yet to be found. But in a newly unsealed document authorities […] → Read More

Missing in Utah: Man who left family 50 years ago is no longer missing

PROVO Utah (ABC4 Utah) – John Everett Booth walked away from his family in 1970 and never turned back. In October 2021, the puzzle about his disappearance started to take shape. Someone found what appeared to be human remains in a swampy area of Utah Lake. Utah County sheriff deputies responded. “We confirmed that it […] → Read More

The Justice Files: Inner voice leads her to Kylen and Crystal Pt. 2

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Utah) – Her inner voice took Cindy Sue Hunter south of Moab. She was searching for her friends Kylen Schulte and Crystal Turner. The couple had been missing for about four days in mid-August. She befriended Schulte and Turner years earlier. “Kylen came into the store and wanted to order some […] → Read More

Missing in Utah: Missing no longer

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – Grant Clayton Snyder died alone the day after Christmas in 2019. His next of kin were never notified because police couldn’t find them. But Julie Giddens made the connection as she was going through the website. “I get on there often,” said the former host of the “Zion’s Lost” […] → Read More

Missing in Utah: ‘My sister matters’ says woman whose sister vanished

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4) – Something happened to Anne Elliott’s life and it had lasting effects. The one-time mother of two vanished in the summer of 2020 and has never been heard from since. “She was an amazing mother, an amazing sister,” said her sister Emily Nardacci. “We had a great life.” But following […] → Read More

Gabby Petito was found dead but FBI holding back beyond that

The FBI knows something about how Gabby Petito died but for now, they won’t reveal why they are calling her death a homicide. → Read More

Cross appears near Gabby Petito search area as authorities await answers

JACKSON, Wyo. (ABC4) – In Jackson, Wyoming, authorities are awaiting the results of an autopsy on a body found near a campground in Grand Teton National Park. Officials were searching the park for missing Gabby Petito. They say the body found matches the description of Petito. As ABC4’s Marcos Ortiz reports, one chapter of the […] → Read More

Missing in Utah: Justin Hooiman, missing or murdered?

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – For years, Marilyn Stevenson could not get anyone’s attention regarding her missing son. In November 2017 Justin Hooiman disappeared after leaving a half-way house in Salt Lake City. “Nobody really cares when somebody goes missing,” said Hooiman’s mother Marilyn Stevenson. “They think it’s a drug case, that he’s a troubled […] → Read More

Missing in Utah: Where’s Macin?

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – After nearly six years, there is still no sighting or sign that Macin Smith is still alive. But there’s also a remote possibility that the St. George teen decided to disappear and go off the radar. Whatever the answer is, his mother still wants him home one way or the […] → Read More

The Justice Files: Convicted killer gets her own platform on social media

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – Victoria Mendoza quickly discovered a following on her TikTok account. And she didn’t stop there. Mendoza also followed that with a YouTube account. There isn’t anything unusual about that. But the problem is Mendoza is a convicted killer and somehow managed to join social media. It’s a violation of the […] → Read More

The Justice Files: Five boys, Pt. 1

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – They may be the most horrific crimes ever committed in Utah. More than 40 years ago, boys started going missing from their homes. A task force was even established to find the perpetrator and to determine if the missing boys were still alive or who may have killed them. For […] → Read More

The Justice Files: 22 years and still waiting for justice

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Utah) – COVID-19 was not going to stop the Beristain family from holding their annual tribute for their daughter. Trisha Beristain was shot to death in 1998 by a jealous boyfriend. Her body was found just off the highway in Big Cottonwood Canyon. The suspect, Jesus Mungia, has yet to be […] → Read More

The Justice Files: Killer who had ‘no regrets’ for killing wife denied parole

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Utah) – After 24 years, John Blanchard’s children are at odds over their father’s future. In 1995, he was sent to prison for murdering his wife, Patti. But this month, Blanchard became eligible for parole. Their children were also there during the virtual parole hearing. “I was there,” he told the […] → Read More

The Justice Files: Where’s Joe Santi?

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Utah) – Joe Santi was declared dead 13-years after he was last seen. He disappeared in 1977 but his body has never been found. It still baffles his childhood friend and relative Robert Etzel. “(He was) flamboyant,” said Etzel. “If he was in a crowd he stood out (and) always provoked.” In […] → Read More

The Justice Files: Jealousy linked to 1995 murder, attempted murder

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News ) – It was a jealous boyfriend that took the life of Brent Winters. In September, 1995, Jimmy Harker was on a mission to destroy what he once had in life. His former girlfriend, Tracy Anderson was visiting Winters at his camper trailer in Wasatch County. Harker found the […] → Read More

The Justice Files: The Last Lynching in the West

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Utah) – Some call the 1925 lynching of Robert Marshall a dark time in Utah’s history. He was lynched for allegedly killing a law enforcement officer in Castlegate near Helper. “Castlegate was owned by the Utah Fuel Company in Carbon County and it was a mining town,” said Kimberley Mangun, an associate […] → Read More

The Justice Files: No bail, no jail

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Utah) – Dennis Skiby is accused of raping an eleven-year old girl. He was charged in Wasatch County last month but following his initial appearance Skiby was released from jail on his own recognizance. He didn’t have to post any bond. The same thing happened for Donald Kingston. He was charged with […] → Read More

The Justice Files: No mercy, forgiveness for a killer

SALT LAKE CITY – (ABC4 Utah) – Albert Johnson wanted it over quickly. And so nearly six-months after he murdered a West Jordan couple he pleaded guilty in 3rd District Court. Johnson was facing capital murder charges but his life was spared when he accepted the plea offer.Thursday, he was sentenced to life in prison […] → Read More