(KUTV) According to Unified Police Officers, the 59-year-old woman found dead in her Taylorsville home, was suffocated to death.
"Anytime you have a horrific crime like this in your neighborhood, it's disturbing," said Lt. Justin Hoyal with Unified Police.
Police said Margaret Steffey lived alone. Neighbors said Steffey was a widow and a retired teacher. They called her quiet and nice.
"Of anything crazy happening, I can't believe it was that house," Neighbor Nick Stocking said. "Her yard always looked really nice, and she just kept to herself. This is crazy."
Detectives don't know what was used to suffocate Steffey. They are working with the medical examiner to determine how long she was deceased in the home.
Police say they received a phone call from concerned family members after they couldn't get in contact with Steffey. Relatives said they hadn't heard from Steffey since Saturday. Wednesday morning, police did a welfare check at the Taylorsville home located at 3973 West Blue Meadow Drive. They found Steffey, murdered in the home.
Forensic evidence detectives processed the crime scene for more than 30 hours.
"We didn't find any damage to the exterior of the house," Lt. Hoyal said. "There is no indication of a forced entry."
Before the autopsy results were released and Steffey was identified, investigators were unable to identify the body as male or female. Hoyal would not discuss the reason for that, explaining those details could jeopardize the investigation. He added the body was not mutilated or dismembered.
Unified Police detectives are asking the public for help in locating the person who murdered Steffey.
If you saw anything suspicious in that area or know any of Margaret Steffey's contacts, you are urged to call Unified Police at 385-468-9816.
(KUTV) Davis County deputies have found a missing M-16 rifle.
The fully automatic weapon disappeared in 2006, and officials have been looking for it ever since.
Officials say that in 2006 a Davis County Deputy, who was a member of DCSO's SWAT Team, and member of the United State Military, received orders of deployed to Afghanistan for 1 1/2 years. At the time, he requested permission to take an M-16 for training purposes for SWAT before he was deployed.
Officials say the employee trained with the rifle and then put the gun into his gun safe at home at the time of his deployment where it has remained since 2006. The deputy finished his tour and then returned home before completing a second tour in the Middle East.
The employee, who has been home for several years, says he has not thought about the rifle since 2006. Officials say that due to lack of paperwork, and partially because of human error, the employee never heard about an investigation into a missing M16 rifle. While reading a local newspaper about the missing rifle, his memory was sparked and he alerted his superior.
Davis County Sheriff's Office says the officer's employment never ceased and the gun was never on the streets or used for criminal purposes.
(KUTV) Just 75-million years ago modern-day Utah was a lush island landmass; paleontologists call this prehistoric region Laramidia.
"We hope it becomes a household name with all these new dinosaur discoveries," says Randy Irmis, Curator of Paleontology at the Natural History Museum of Utah.
It just might, in the last few years paleontologists have uncovered and introduced at least nine new prehistoric species to the world, all of them coming from Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. This is why Utah is featured in the May 2014 issue of National Geographic Magazine.
"One of the fossils that we're working on right now is something that we helicoptered out of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument last fall," says Irmis. "The name of this dinosaur is Parasaurolopus; it's a duck-billed dinosaur."
Once it's cleaned and completely excavated, Parasaurolopus will ultimately be displayed on the museum floor alongside its friends, also discovered in Southern Utah.
"This is a very big deal," says Utah's Director of Tourism, Vicki Varela, who estimates that visitors spent about $7.4 billion here last year. "That translated into $960 million in state and local tax revenues." She says. "Now that the word is out about our dinosaurs, who knows."
The tourism board has organized a dinosaur tour of Utah, including 15 stops around the state where you can learn more and see more dinosaur bones.
"Dinosaurs knew 75-million years ago, what visitors know today, Utah is a destination," says Varela.
(KUTV) The St. George City Council is set to approve the purchase of a $1.5 million building to be used as a "resource center" for the area's homeless population and other residents in need of assistance.
"We've made an offer for a building," St. George Mayor Jon Pike said. "I really think that we can have this be a best-practice approach to solving the needs of these people."
Under one roof, Pike says the proposed St. George Resource Center will offer residents access to job training, behavioral health and case management.
"We want to create, basically, a one-stop shop for these kinds of services," he said.
The building, a former youth treatment facility located at 948 North 1300 West, will provide the typical shelter and food services for the homeless, but will also have office space for non-profit groups and other agencies.
The council will vote Thursday evening on whether to purchase the 16,000-square-foot building, which already has dorm-like living quarters, an industrial kitchen and office space, according to St. George Economic and Housing Development Director Matt Loo.
"We've accomplished something that we've never undertaken in this area, in one facility," Loo said. "I think the whole spirit of working together brings power."
The city says it plans to pay for the building using federal grants and donations.
Currently, the main shelter for homeless residents in Washington County is the Dixie Care and Share located on 300 West just off of the St. George Blvd.
"We turn away people almost every night," said Jae Maxfield, the shelter's executive director.
Dixie Care and Share has only 54 beds divided between sleeping areas for men, women and families. Over the last 12 months, 600 different people stayed at the shelter, Maxfield said. He welcomes the city's plan to centralize resources for those in need.
"I think we can vastly enhance the services we are able to provide to not only the homeless but also those people who are near homeless in our community," he said.
A woman staying at Dixie Care and Share said the city already does a good job helping the homeless but that having access to many organizations at the same location would be helpful.
"It's exhausting, when you're homeless, those things are exhausting," Rebecca Bowes said of trying to coordinate job hunting with day-to-day survival.
Bowes has a job and hopes to be on her own soon. She says not worrying about where to sleep and eat was key to helping her get her life back on track.
"It's a scary feeling when you're out there," she said.
(KUTV) Pastor John Parsley was in his study, working on an Easter sermon, when he was told fire had broken out in the basement of Clearfield Community Church.
He quickly called 911, but the phone went dead - so the pastor hurried out of the building, only to watch flames burn through the sanctuary.
That was roughly a year ago.
This Easter, the small congregation will still not be back in its usual place of worship - but a $3 million transformation is taking shape - adding to Easter joy.
Parsley spoke of "new life" as the project nears completion - a metaphor for Christ's resurrection - which the church will celebrate at a nearby elementary school this Sunday.
It was March 2013, when an old computer monitor overheated in the basement church library. Fire spread to books, the wall, into a ceiling, and then through much of the structure.
What wasn't torched by flames had smoke and water damage. The congregation did not know if it could rebuild.
Bill Storing, a co-chair of the church building committee, said engineers determined the footings and foundation we're sound - but that may have been just the beginning of what would turn into a major reconstruction.
But Storing said work is now ahead of schedule, and the church should reopen by August. A series of events are planned as a thank you to the wider community.
General contractor Chris Harris said he travels from Logan to Clearfield, and often stays in an apartment close the site. He said congregants have spoken to him about saving cherished pieces, believed lost in the blaze.
For a pastor who arrived in Utah five years ago, not wanting to build a new church, the reconstruction is another sign "God is with us."
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