The major true-crime podcast “Crime Junkie” focused on a Utah tragedy in one of its latest episodes.
Here’s how Crime Junkie describes the episode: “A little girl vanishes from her bedroom in the middle of the night only to be found brutally murdered, forcing her community to recognize that the worst really IS possible.”
Many will recognize the name Rosie Tapia. She disappeared in 1995 before she was found dead after she had been sexually assaulted and brutally injured, as the Deseret News reported.
According to the Deseret News, the murderer was never found in what was one of Salt Lake City’s “most infamous unsolved crimes.”
“My thoughts every year is that I want closure for my daughter, Rosie,” her mother, Lewine Tapia told the Deseret News in 2020. “It’s harder for me every year, especially now that I’ve lost another daughter. It just hurts so bad. I just want to find the person who took her, make them pay for what they did to her.”
There have been some clues over the years linked to the case. For example, there was a Barbie doll that many thought would spark a lead in 2019. There was a sketch of the potential suspect released as well. And in 2017 there was news of potential leads, too.
Lewine Tapia told the Deseret News in 2020 that she thinks answers are coming soon.
“I was always hoping that through the years something would come up and we would solve her case. And I’ve still not given up hope that one day we will solve her case. And I just know that there’s somebody out there who knows something, but they don’t come forward to give us that information,” she said. “I’m really confident … that we’re going to find the person who took my daughter.”