New details revealed in case of 2015 suspected double murder; accused man now back in Utah

Christopher Richard Poulson. Photo: Utah County

UTAH COUNTY, Utah, Nov. 8, 2017 (Gephardt Daily) — Court documents have revealed more details in the case of a double-murder suspect extradited from Hawaii, who was booked into the Utah County Jail on Wednesday.

Christopher Richard Poulson, 28, was arrested in late October, according to the Utah County Attorney’s Office. The former Utahn was wanted in connection with the 2015 disappearance and probable murder of his then girlfriend, 23-year-old Emily Almiron and her 3-year-old son, Gabriel.

Poulson was charged last month in 4th District Court with two counts of first-degree felony aggravated murder and one count of second-degree felony obstruction of justice. The offense date listed in the charges is Sept. 8, 2015.

On the day the mother and her son disappeared, Poulson purchased a shovel and work gloves, then turned off his cell phone, according to court documents.

Almiron has not been seen since, nor have her cell phone or bank accounts been used. No bodies have been found in the case.

Extensive evidence was gathered before the most recent charges were filed, according to the summary on a court document. Issues included:

  • Inconsistencies in information provided by Poulson
  • Poulson’s insistence that he broke up with Almiron because he found she had used drugs, which he said he disapproved of. Messages on his phone later indicated he was buying and selling drugs.
  • Poulson was found to have pawned other items belonging to Almiron shortly after she went missing.
  • The finding of the Red Prius Poulson said Almiron drove away in. Found in the St. George area, the car contained five white garbage bags of women’s clothing, little boy’s clothing, a car seat suitable for a 3-year-old, and a check stub belonging to Poulson. Seven fingerprints on the outside of the bags belong to Poulson only.
  • Information in Poulson’s phone indicated he had searched for information on how to get from the area where the car was found to the nearest shuttle service.
  • The finding of Poulson’s car, a Mustang which the current owner said he purchased in 2015 before driving the seller back home. The seller later called back, saying he had left needed keys on his key ring, so the buyer drove to the seller’s apartment again. The buyer remembered the route he took to drive the man back to his apartment, and led investigators back to the Orem apartment Poulson had shared with Almiron and her toddler son.
  • A police dog trained to detect the scent of human remains indicated finding that scent in the empty trunk of that car.

An Internet and phone records search showed that Almiron had been searching topics including early symptoms of pregnancy, and that Poulson had texted that he didn’t want a child, the court document said.

Emily Almiron and son Gabriel. Photos: Orem Police Department

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