Utah police have arrested and charged six suspects in connection with the kidnapping and murder of a 25-year-old woman whose body was not recovered nearly two months after her disappearance.
Conzuelo ‘Nicole’ Solorio-Romero, 25, was forcibly taken from her home in Kearns on February 6 and taken by car to an apartment in West Valley City, where police said she was shot in the back of the head.
Investigators say Solorio-Romero’s attackers believed she had provided police with information about one of their close associates, resulting in his arrest.
Conzuelo ‘Nicole’ Solorio-Romero, 25, was taken from her home in Kearns, Utah, on February 6 and shot in the back of the head
Orlando Tobar, 29 (left), and Jorge Medina-Reyes, 21 (right), have been charged with aggravated murder, aggravated kidnapping and obstruction of justice
A screenshot from a surveillance video shows Solorio-Romero being forced into a car in Kearns
On Friday, the Kearns Unified Police Department announced the arrest of a sixth suspect in the case, identified as 26-year-old Cristian Noe Morales-Gonzalez, who was charged with obstruction of justice.
According to officials, Morales-Gonzalez, who uses the street nickname “ the Mechanic, ” was called upon to remove Solorio-Romero’s body after her murder. Deseret News.
Orlando Tobar, 29, from Guatemala, and Jorge Medina-Reyes, 21, from Venezuela, were arrested last month and charged with aggravated murder, kidnapping and obstruction of justice.
According to an affidavit, it was Tobar who shot and killed Solorio-Romero after telling her she “ knew too much and she wouldn’t leave the apartment. ”
A witness later reportedly overheard Tobar telling someone that the victim had not died on the first shot and that he should shoot her a second time.
Earlier this week, police arrested Carolina Marquez, 38 (left), and her son, 22-year-old Fernando Marquez (right), on the same counts as Tobar and Medina-Reyes.
Ivan Acosta, left, was arrested and charged with kidnapping and obstruction of justice. Cristian Noe Morales-Gonzalez, right, nicknamed ‘the mechanic’, is suspected of throwing away Solorio-Romero’s body
Police say Solorio-Romero worked at Carolina’s eatery, Tacos Mi Caramelo, and Carolina suspected her of mocking her other son, leading to his arrest.
Earlier this week, police arrested 38-year-old Carolina Marquez and her son, 22-year-old Fernando Marquez, along with Ivan Acosta, 27. The trio were jailed on the same charges as the first two suspects.
A confidential informant told police that Carolina, who owns the Tacos Mi Caramelo eatery where Solorio-Romerio worked, had told people her other adult son was “ set up by someone and is now in jail, ” the affidavit said. .
After the shooting, Medina-Reyes reportedly called Morales-Gonzalez and asked him to come over and remove Solorio-Romero’s body.
Acosta told police he saw the man named ‘the mechanic’ leave in a white truck to dispose of Nicole’s body. ‘
During an interview with police, Carolina Marquez said everyone then went to her restaurant in West Valley City before returning to the crime scene to clean up the blood. Fox 13 now.
Solorio-Romero (left and right) was reportedly told ‘she knew too much’ before police said Tobar shot her in the back of the head. Her body has not been found