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5th person arrested in Salt Lake murder investigation

Rodney Maxwell was taken into custody Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016, as the fifth person to be arrested in connection with a Salt Lake police homicide investigation.
Rodney Maxwell was taken into custody Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016, as the fifth person to be arrested in connection with a Salt Lake police homicide investigation.
Ada County Sheriff's Office

SALT LAKE CITY — A fifth person was arrested Thursday in a missing person case that turned into a murder case.

Salt Lake police say they arrested Rodney Maxwell at a motel in Garden City, Idaho, with the assistance of the Garden City Police Department and the Salt Lake County District Attorney's office.

Maxwell joins four other people who were arrested over the past two weeks and booked into the Salt Lake County Jail after police found the body of Jason Nakonechni, 38, in Tooele County Monday night.

Salt Lake police will work with prosecutors to extradite Maxwell back to Utah, police said in a statement Thursday.

A police report says Marilee Joann Borden, 43 — one of the other four suspects — texted the victim and arranged to meet him at a Salt Lake motel "for the purpose of luring him there to be assaulted and kidnapped by at least three other (people)."

Nakonechni was attacked in what a witness described as a "brutal assault."

The victim was later taken from the Salt Lake motel to an undisclosed location in West Valley City where the assault continued and the man was robbed of many of his personal belongings, including his car and his dog, Salt Lake police say.

A witness told investigators Nakonechni was seen at a suspect's house with injuries "sitting on a chair in the kitchen," according to charging documents. One of the suspects, Corey Lee Petersen, allegedly claimed that Nakonechni owed him money. Another witness said Nakonechni told Petersen "that he didn't steal anything."

Police detectives believe the dispute dated as far back as May.

Police believe after the group left the house in West Valley City, the man was then taken to an undisclosed location in Tooele County and killed.

On Sept. 5, police found Nakonechni's abandoned vehicle on fire. But he wasn't reported missing until Sept. 18 when Nakonechni's mother called police.