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Woman Found Stuffed In Sleeping Bag, Wrapped In Carpet And Duct Tape Along Utah Highway Identified After 2 Decades

Lena Reyes-Geddes went missing in 1998 and has now been identified as the mystery Utah victim found shot in the head on the side of the road.

It has been two decades since a motorist made a gruesome discovery along a Utah highway - a woman's body  stuffed inside a sleeping bag. All these years later, police finally know who that woman is.

Lena Reyes-Geddes of Ohio has been identified as the victim found near the community of Ticaboo on April 20, 1998, the Garfield County Sheriff's Office announced on Wednesday. Reye-Geddes had been shot in the head, according to police. Then, whoever shot her went through great lengths to try to conceal her body.

“Her body was covered with plastic bags, wrapped in duct tape, tied with a rope and placed inside a sleeping bag before being wrapped in carpet,” the Department of Public Safety said in a statement.

“For the last 20 years the State Bureau of Investigation have actively worked on a homicide case involving the body of the unidentified female,” the statement continued.

Reyes-Geddes was 37 the last time she was seen alive, according to the Charley Project. In April 1998, she was supposed to be traveling to Dallas and then to Laredo, Texas. She was reported missing by her husband six months after she left Ohio to head down south.

Last month, before she was identified, the Utah State Bureau of Investigation asked the public for help tracking down her killer. Now, police claim to have a suspect, who they haven’t identified, and who is dead.

“The suspect of this murder committed suicide in Nevada in the early 2000s,” a statement from the Garfield County Sheriff's Office said, according to KTSU in Salt Lake City.

[Photo: Garfield County Sheriff’s Office]

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