ROY — A man found buried Thursday in the backyard of a Roy home was stabbed to death, police say.
Roy Police Chief Greg Whinham on Tuesday identified the man as Victor Flores, a 25-year-old California resident who had moved to Utah and was reported missing by his family last May.
A homicide investigation has been launched as a result of the discovery of Flores’ body, Whinham said.
Flores was buried next to a duplex at 3812 W. 4550 South.
Dental records and a DNA profile were provided to the state Medical Examiner’s Office to assist in the identification.
Investigators are interviewing people in connection with Flores’ slaying but are not releasing the names of suspects, Whinham said.
Police arrested the owner of the duplex, Sarah Nichole Munn, 31, of Roy, on one count of second-degree felony obstructing justice after the body was found. She is being held in Weber County Jail on $10,000 bail.
Munn’s boyfriend is Daniel Rivera, police have said.
Rivera is serving up to five years in Utah State Prison for third-degree felony escape from official custody. The charge stemmed from Rivera leaving Weber County Jail on Aug. 4 while he was serving sentences on other charges. He was arrested in Wyoming in September.
A probable cause affidavit for Munn’s arrest states Flores was last seen in Layton with Rivera on May 9.
That same day, Rivera received a cut to his face that required about 35 stitches, the affidavit states.
Munn initially reported to police that Rivera had been hurt in a road-rage incident, but later changed her story, claiming she caused the injury, according to the document.
Munn then recanted her statement regarding how Rivera was injured and provided a different version of events, police say.
The affidavit does not detail the new version of events she provided.
Rivera is the father of three of Munn’s children and has maintained a part-time residence at her home, according to the affidavit.
On May 11, Rivera rented a tractor that was used to dig a hole in the backyard of Munn’s home, the affidavit states.
Munn has admitted to police she was present when the hole was dug for the purpose of placing a trampoline at ground level, the document states.
She said the hole was later filled in because it had been dug the wrong size, according to the affidavit.