Women wanted for questioning in deaths of twin Idaho infants arrested in Box Elder County

Sylvia Tapia (left) and Haley Miller. Photo Courtesy: Box Elder County Sheriff's Office

BOX ELDER COUNTY, Utah, Oct. 18, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — Two women wanted for questioning in the deaths of Idaho infant twin boys have been arrested in Box Elder County.

A news release from the Utah Highway Patrol said troopers received word Thursday at approximately noon that detectives in Cache County had located the individuals, both wanted for questioning in the Twin Falls death investigation.

The women, Sylvia Tapia and Haley Miller, were traveling in a a silver Chevrolet Cruze, officials said, and had been previously flagged by Utah’s Statewide Information & Analysis Center.

The SIAC issued a message for Utah law enforcement officers to attempt to locate Miller and Tapia.

“Cache County detectives located and were following the subjects through Sardine Canyon in an unmarked car,” the news release said. “Troopers responded to 1100 S. Main in Brigham City to assist.”

As the suspects turned south on U.S. route 89 in Perry, the detectives and troopers set up a “high risk stop,” the news release said. The suspects were taken into custody without incident.

Tapia and Miller have been booked into the Box Elder County Jail on a methamphetamine trafficking warrant and are awaiting extradition back to Idaho where they will also be questioned regarding the Oct. 12 suspicious death of the infants.

The two are only wanted for questioning in the deaths of the boys; they are not considered suspects at this time. However, they are suspects in a meth trafficking investigation related to the suspicious death investigation.

The Idaho State Journal said Tuesday the cause of death for the infants is still unknown.

The children were taken to Ada County for autopsies Monday morning, but it will be three or four weeks before the results from toxicology and pathology reports come back, the Twin Falls County Coroner said. Police were called to a house on the 200 block of Morningside Drive at 2:18 p.m. Friday for a report of unresponsive children. First responders provided lifesaving measures but were unable to save the twins.

The police department is conducting a full death investigation.

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


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