Jeep Renegade connected with Colorado homicide case found in Emery County

Officials have located a burned Jeep Renegade in Emery County considered a key piece of evidence in a Colorado homicide case. Photo Courtesy: Emery County Sheriff's Office

EMERY COUNTY, Utah, July 2, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — Officials have located a burned Jeep Renegade in Emery County considered a key piece of evidence in a Colorado homicide case.

The Emery County Sheriff’s Office asked the public for help locating the Jeep Friday on Facebook.

“Please be on the lookout for this vehicle which is believed to be somewhere on the San Rafael Desert,” the post said. “The vehicle is directly linked to a homicide investigation out of Colorado. The suspect turned himself in to authorities in Colorado and is behind bars.”

Edgar Macias-Moreno, 24, turned himself in to the Delta County Sheriff’s Office in Colorado on Wednesday.

Macias-Moreno allegedly told detectives that he had killed Madelaine Loh, 27, who had been missing since June 19, and disposed of her body in Millard County. Based on information provided by Macias-Moreno, Loh’s body was recovered Wednesday afternoon.

“However, the vehicle is another key piece of evidence in the case and after two days of ground and air searches, it has not been located,” the post said. “It is possible that the vehicle is burned.”

An organized ground search over a broad area was also conducted by Emery County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team.

Emery County Sheriff’s officials didn’t say exactly where the vehicle was located or by whom.

“Last week, we asked for the public’s help in locating a Jeep Renegade that was directly linked to a homicide investigation out of Colorado,” a follow-up post on Facebook said Monday. “The burned vehicle was located yesterday in Emery County and is being processed by Colorado investigators assigned to the case. Thank you to all who helped search for this key piece of evidence.”

Gephardt Daily will have more on this developing story as information is made available.

A picture of the Jeep Renegade before it was burned. Photo Courtesy: Emery County Sheriff’s Office

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