UV crime: Shootings in Orem and PG, reward for missing woman


Cop-shooting case

Meagan Dakota Grunwald, 17, (Photo courtesy Utah County)

Meagan Dakota Grunwald, 17. (Photo courtesy Utah County)

Testimony ended Thursday in the case of 18-year-old Meagan Grunwald, charged with murder and attempted murder for her role in the 2014 shooting death of Utah County Deputy Cory Wride and the shooting of Utah County Deputy Greg Sherwood.

Prosecutors say 27-year-old Jose Angel Garcia-Jauregui shot Wride through a truck window during a traffic stop near Eagle Mountain, then later during a chase shot Sherwood. Then 17-year-old Grunwald, Garcia-Jauregui’s girlfriend, was driving the truck. Her attorneys say she was an unwilling participant.

Attorneys are expected to make their closing arguments today, then the jury will deliberate her fate. She faces up to life in prison if convicted.

Reward for info on missing woman

Elizabeth Elena Laguna Salgado is 26 years old, 5-foot-4 and 125 pounds. She has long black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen at 384 West Center Street in Provo. (Photo courtesy Provo police)

Elizabeth Elena Laguna Salgado is 26 years old, 5-foot-4 and 125 pounds. She has long black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen at 384 West Center Street in Provo. (Photo courtesy Provo police)

Provo police announced on Thursday that there’s a $15,000 reward for information that leads to the whereabouts of Elizabeth Elena Salgado, who’s been missing since April 16.

Twenty-six-year-old Salgado was last seen walking home from her school, Nomen Global Language School in Provo, at around 2 p.m. Her cell phone hasn’t been used, she hasn’t logged into social media accounts and there’s been no activity on her financial accounts since she was last seen.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Provo Police Department at (801) 852-6210.

Wanted sex offenders arrested

Springville police arrested two fugitives from Washington late Tuesday night. Glen Feinman and  Deanna Tampico — both sex offenders — reportedly had cut off their ankle monitors and left their state. Their car was found abandoned in Nephi earlier Tuesday, so police released their photos to the public. A woman recognized the couple from a Facebook post and contacted police, who found and arrested the fugitives.

The pair now faces obstruction of justice and providing false information to officers in Utah, in addition to being held on no-bail warrants.

Home invasion shooting

Early Sunday morning, a Pleasant Grove man shot and killed a man trying to get into his house. According to police, 24-year-old Christian Chichia first pounded on the man’s door, then climbed up a balcony and tried to force his way inside. The man then shot Chichia.

Chichia lived in the same townhouse complex, and police say he may have been intoxicated and confused about where he lived.

Carjack shooting

A man shot and killed a man reportedly trying to carjack a woman at the Orem Macey’s on Saturday. Police say 26-year-old Taulagi V.

Matafeo first encountered police Saturday morning after they got a call about a fight. Matafeo reportedly fled when an officer arrived, and the officer stopped chasing him for safety reasons. Then the man reportedly stole a truck, and the truck’s owner called police. Police pursued Matafeo in the truck, but called off the chase. Then police got a call about the attempted carjacking and shooting.

The man who shot Matafeo — he had a concealed carry permit — reportedly told police that he heard a woman screaming and saw the woman fighting with Matafeo inside an SUV. He showed his gun, according to police, and Matafeo got out of the car, lunged for the weapon and the man shot him.


Amie Rose has more than 14 years of experience writing and editing at newspapers in Utah and New Mexico. She graduated from BYU with a degree in journalism. She lives in Utah Valley with her husband, toddler and crazy dog.

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