Suspected Serial-Killer Leads Investigators to Human Remains Near Moab

By: Jessica Zartler Email
By: Jessica Zartler Email

Utah investigators and the FBI have discovered human bones near Westwater. They say a Colorado criminal who is a suspected serial killer led them to the spot.

The FBI and Grand County Sheriff's Office found the human remains after 42–year–old Scott Kimball told investigators he knew where the bodies of two missing women were.

Authorities made the discovery about 30 miles northeast of Moab and Friday they were at the site combing the area for more evidence.

Grand county investigators believe the bones they found belong to a young woman who went missing six years ago and now they have new information to belive that there is another body in the same area.

Grand County deputies hiked about a half of a mile into Bryce Canyon to get to the spot where they found human bones piled in the dirt Wednesday.

Grand County Sheriff Jim Nyland says his investigators have searched the area before and didn't find anything.

"You could look for years and not come up with anything," Nyland told 11 News about the rugged and remote area near Westwater.

Investigators have been searching for the last six years. In 2003, 24–year–old Leann Emry disappeared and her car was found near Moab.

Authorities have also been looking for bones and evidence in three other missing persons cases--Kaysi McLeod, Jennifer Marcum and Kimball's uncle Terry Kimball--the one tie, 42–year–old Scott Kimball.

Kimball has not been charged with homicide but authorities say he is a suspect in those disappearances.

According to a CBI background check and records from the Boulder County Jail, Kimball has been arrested almost 20 times on several charges including harassment, sexual assault, theft, escape and was beginning a sentence of 48 years in jail while in jail when he told investigators about the bodies.

Grand County Investigator Brent Pace interviewed Kimball to get information to find the remains.

He says as he searched, he thought about the victims.

"It's such a desolate place to be taken to. I really feel for the families," Pace told 11 News on Friday.

Investigators say Kimball told them about a second body but they have not been able to locate it.

And although it's a grueling and gruesome job, the Grand County Sheriff and his investigators say it's worth it if they can solve a crime.

"We hope this is the person so we can close the case and for the family, give them some closure," Nyland told 11 News on Friday.

Grand County investigators sent the human remains to the Utah Medical Examiner's Office to try and get an identification.

Kimball is temporarily being held by federal marshalls in the Mesa County Jail while the FBI decides whether to send him back to Denver or keep him here for further questioning in trying to locate the second body.

11 News asked the Mesa County Sheriff's Office about their involvement in this case, spokeswoman Heather Benjamin said the case is federal, so the FBI is in charge of the investigation.

Local law enforcement says the remains are likely not tied to any current missing persons cases in Mesa County.

The FBI spokesperson in Denver declined to comment.


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