OGDEN -- Search warrant affidavits in 2nd District Court name the three men in the boat that police say killed a Pineview Reservoir swimmer. The affidavits also state which man was driving.
University of Utah researcher Esther Fujimoto, 49, died Aug. 21 when she was hit by a powerboat in the Spring Creek area of the reservoir.
Weber sheriff's deputies have seized the boat believed to have struck the woman. The recently unsealed affidavits have identified its owner as Skyler Shepherd, 21, of South Ogden. In the boat with him were Colton Raines, 22, and Cole Boyer, 29, both of Ogden, the affidavits state.
In an Aug. 30 interview at the sheriff's office, Shepherd told investigators Raines was piloting the boat when it struck Fujimoto, according to the documents.
Deputies were told all three men were seen consuming alcohol in the hours before the collision with Fujimoto, and Raines and Boyer were smoking marijuana. The search warrants covered the boat, as well as the blood of Raines and Boyer.
The warrants were executed and the blood samples were taken from the two Aug. 30, the documents said, noting that traces of marijuana remain in the human body for up to 30 days after ingestion.
A witness who lives adjacent to the area where Fujimoto was swimming heard a woman scream and went to the water's edge to see a boat occupied by three males with a woman floating in the water near the boat, according to the affidavits.
"The witness heard one of the males call out, 'Hey lady, are you alright, are you alright?" reads the document.
The witness then rowed out to the scene as the powerboat with the three males departed. "He was easily able to tell that Fujimoto was severely injured and bleeding and told the 911 dispatcher that 'her insides were coming out.' "
The witness said the boat was an open-bow design with a colored stripe on the side, originally thought to be blue.
An informant led investigators to Shepherd's 1995 Regal powerboat and said the three men had been drinking alcohol on it.
Even though Shepherd's boat had a green stripe, the witness who rowed out to the scene was taken to Shepherd's address and identified his as the suspect boat "although the green stripe on the boat appeared to be blue to him."
A witness who was with the three men at Pineview said he observed Raines and Boyer smoking marijuana in the afternoon on the boat before the early evening collision with Fujimoto, according to the affidavits.
Weber County Attorney Dee Smith said Wednesday the case is still under investigation with no timetable on a decision on possible charges.
He said officials are waiting for test results on the marijuana screening and "other evidence" to come back from the state crime lab. He declined to elaborate.