Friday, August 13, 2010

Detectives Seek New Info in Rosa Tapia Case

Rosa Tapia case still active

In a case that has grown cold but never been closed, the Salt Lake City Police Department’s Homicide Squad seeks a man who was seen with Rosa Tapia the night before she was abducted and murdered in 1995.

A witness describes the man as a male white adult, approximately 30 years old, dark-complected, 5 feet 9 inches tall, with a thin build and medium-length, dark brown hair. He was wearing a white t-shirt, red-brimmed ball cap and brown dark glasses.

Detectives are working on a composite sketch, which may be available to the public as early as next week. Although not a suspect, they believe talking with the man may move the case forward.

Due to a low homicide rate in 2009, the Homicide Squad has had more time to revisit the Department’s cold cases. Of the nearly 100 on file, Detectives are actively investigating 40, including the Tapia case.

Reward information:
Salt Lake City Police Department offers up to $5,000 for information that may lead to the arrest and conviction of homicide suspects. To report such information, the Police Department asks the public to call (801) 799-INFO (4636). Callers may remain anonymous. The public may also email information to Please reference case #95-119190.

Rosa Tapia cold case listing