SALT LAKE CITY — A low murder rate is allowing police to focus on cold cases, and the latest investigation comes 15 years to the day after 6-year-old Rosa Tapia was kidnapped and murdered.
Salt Lake City homicide detectives announced Friday that they are seeking a man who was seen with Rosa the night she disappeared.
Police say Rosa disappeared from her bedroom, where she had been sleeping with her sister, sometime early in the morning on Aug. 13, 1995. Several hours later, a man walking his dog found the girl's body floating in a canal near 1900 South and 1600 West. An autopsy revealed she had been sexually assaulted.
Police are now working on a composite sketch of a man they say was seen with Rosa the night before she died.
He is described as a thin white man, approximately 30 year old with a dark complexion, and 5 feet 9 inches tall with brown hair. He was wearing a white T-shirt, a red-brimmed ball cap and brown, dark glasses.
The man is not considered a suspect, but police believe he may have useful information.
Authorities are offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that may lead to the arrest and conviction of murder suspects, and anyone with information on this case is asked to call 801-799-4636 or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
— Josh Smith