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Man charged in Taylorsville woman’s murder

Charges reveal that she was wrapped in trash bags and found in a crawl space.

First Published May 02 2014 04:22 pm • Last Updated May 02 2014 07:50 pm

An 18-year-old man has been charged with a Taylorsville woman’s murder.

Bryan Steve Presentacion-Quintanilla was charged Friday with aggravated murder, aggravated robbery and aggravated burglary, all first-degree felonies. He was also charged with unlawful use of a financial transaction card, a third-degree felony.

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On April 16, Unified police checked on Magaret Ann Steffey, 59, at her home at 3972 W. Blue Meadow Drive and found her body in a crawl space inside. Two black trash bags had been wrapped around her body. The medical examiner determined that Steffey died "from a combination of factors, including blunt force trauma, suffocation and strangulation," according to the charges.

Detectives later discovered that Steffey’s ATM card had been used to withdraw more than $1,500 from April 11 to April 19, the charges add. Surveillance video from the withdrawals revealed a suspect: a male wearing a light-colored hoodie and black pants, driving a Nissan Versa.

On April 19, a detective was watching a Chase Bank at 3029 S. Colt Plaza in West Valley City when he saw a male matching that description walk up to an ATM. The detective confronted the suspect, Presentacion-Quintanilla, and took him into custody.

Police found Steffey’s ATM card in his front pocket of his hoodie, as well as a plane ticket for El Salvador in his car, according to the charges. His flight was scheduled to leave Salt Lake City International Airport in three hours.

Presentacion-Quintanilla later admitted to the police that he used Steffey’s card eight times, according to the charges. However, he denied ever being in Steffey’s home, according to his arrest affidavit.

But the state crime lab lifted a fingerprint from one of the black trash bags that matched Presentacion-Quintanilla’s, the charges add.

He is scheduled to make his next court appearance Wednesday.

Presentacion-Quintanilla and Steffey were acquaintances, Salt Lake County Sheriff Jim Winder said shortly after his arrest, though he could not elaborate on how they knew each other.


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