Body Found in Millcreek: Victim Identified as Esperanza Chavez, Suspect in Custody

### Suspect in Custody After Discovery of Deceased Body in Millcreek

In the early hours of Saturday morning, a shocking discovery was made in Millcreek, as authorities from the Unified Police Department responded to the finding of a deceased body. The incident took place in the vicinity of 3994 S. 300 West at approximately 6:20 a.m.

According to the Unified Police Department’s news release, video surveillance provided by a nearby business captured the arrival of a black truck in the area at 12:28 a.m. The footage showed a male suspect pulling the body out of the vehicle and attempting to dispose of it in a nearby dumpster. However, the suspect eventually left the scene, leaving the victim beside the dumpster.

Law enforcement officials were able to gather crucial evidence from the video footage, including the license plate number of the vehicle involved. The vehicle’s owner has since been identified as Fred J. Edwards, a 46-year-old resident of Salt Lake City.

Preliminary investigations suggest that the incident occurred inside the vehicle. Tragically, the victim, identified as 25-year-old Esperanza Chavez from Salt Lake City, was found to have been shot to death. Police have revealed that there is a history of domestic violence between the suspect and the victim.

Fortunately, Edwards was apprehended without incident at the University of Utah Hospital, where he had sought evaluation. He is now in custody and has been booked into the Salt Lake County Jail on suspicion of murder.

This disturbing incident has left the community in shock and serves as a sobering reminder of the prevalence of domestic violence. It is important to remember that help is available for those experiencing abuse. If you or someone you know is in need of assistance, please reach out to the appropriate resources.

Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Esperanza Chavez during this difficult time, and we hope that justice will be served for her tragic and untimely death.

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