Man charged with murder of three men who disappeared in 2014


    Danny Kiko Gallegos, 35, Braden Parker Emerson, 23, and Levi Joseph Collins, 34, were identified as the victims. (Photo courtesy of SLCPD)

    A man has been formally charged with the murder of three men, whose case went unsolved for almost five years.

    Richard Christopher faces three counts of aggravated murder, three counts of abuse or desecration of a dead human body; obstruction of justice, aggravated robber, and using a firearm by a restricted person, court documents state.

    In November of 2014, authorities found a "large amount" of blood and a dog in an abandoned SUV. It was sitting just west of Redwood Road at about 1500 South in Salt Lake next to a motorhome and trailer.

    From these clues, police were able to identify the victims as Danny Kiko Gallegos, 35, Braden Parker Emerson, 23, and Levi Joseph Collins, 34.

    Police say a few days after the murder, Christopher shot and killed the three men inside of the Tahoe.

    He made cash purchases of a car, a motorhome and trailer valued at over $59,000.

    A man, identified in court documents as J.C., told police that he and Christopher broke into a crematory in Utah County and cremated the bodies.

    A friend of J.C.'s told police that J.C. admitted to helping "cover up a murder."

    Christoper allegedly drove to a campground on Nov. 14, 2014 and burned the remaining evidence and the victims items. Police later found remnants of a cell phone, keys and small human bones at the same campsite.

    The Salt Lake County District Attorney's Office and the Salt Lake City Police Department will hold a press conference about the case on Friday at 3:00 p.m.

    Read Chrisotpher's court documents here:

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