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Juvenile detained in connection with Toquerville murder

First Published Mar 19 2014 07:47 am • Last Updated Mar 20 2014 12:30 pm

Detectives in Washington County have detained a male juvenile following the shooting death of a Toquerville woman whose body was found Wednesday morning.

Washington County sheriff’s Sgt. Dave Crouse described the boy as a "person of interest" and would not release his name or age — or any identifying information about the woman who died.

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Just after midnight, a burglary was reported at a Toquerville home, Crouse said. While deputies were en route, investigators received a tip that a boy who may have been connected with the burglary was fueling a car at a gas station in nearby Washington City. The boy already had left when officers arrived, but the tipster provided a license plate number, which investigators traced back to a registered owner with an address in Toquerville

When deputies arrived at the car owner’s home — not the same as the residence earlier reported to have been burglarized — they found the woman’s body and evidence she had been shot at least once.

Deputies determined the woman was the victim of a homicide, but Crouse would not disclose further details of her death. He also would not say whether officers found evidence of a struggle, or whether anything was missing from the home other than the car.

The victim’s identity was being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

The teen identified by the tipster was found and detained just after noon in Springdale, Crouse said. Deputies also recovered guns that were taken in the burglary and later found a car matching the description of the homicide victim’s car, Crouse said. He would not discuss how or where the guns and car were found.

KUTV 2News reported that the boy who was detained is 17 years old.

Crouse said he is "not aware of further suspects."


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