Unknown Jason Royter Killer- Utah- 2005 Feb 29, 2016 18:43:56 GMT -5
Post by Scumhunter on Feb 29, 2016 18:43:56 GMT -5
(Above photo credit: Unified Police of Greater Salt Lake website)
(KUTV) A Salt Lake County family is hoping for justice ten years after their loved one was stabbed to death.
Loved ones of Jason Royter, who was found stabbed to death in his Magna home in August 2005, are trying to bring attention to this cold case.
Unified police acknowledge there are no suspects or persons of interest, but they say there may be new hope in this decade-long mystery.
For Royter's two children, Deborah Tate, 23, and Andrew Royter, 22, a resolution would be welcome.
"Heartbreaking," said Andrew Royter, describing the past decade, "knowing that your father's not here to be with you, seeing the years go by."
"I got married and he couldn't walk me down the aisle," added his sister. "It was kind of sad."
Jason Royter was found August 6, 2005 in his home at 7383 W. Paine Road in Magna. He was 33 at the time. According to police, he bled to death after being stabbed. There were no signs of forced entry into the home, however.
"I think about it every day," said Niki Price, Jason Royter's sister.
In fact, she's been waiting every day for someone to finally be caught.
"You sit down somewhere and you think gosh, is he here? Is this person sitting here? Are they sitting here?" said Price. "It's hard to swallow knowing that they're still walking around free."
Unified Police Lt. Lex Bell said detectives are actively working on this case -- one of 37 cold cases the department is looking into.
"We're hopeful that we'll get something out of this," Bell said.
According to Lt. Bell, old evidence in this case is currently being re-tested with new technology.
"Additionally, they took more items of evidence that hadn't been tested in the past to go try to create some new DNA profiles," Bell said. "Those items are in the state lab as we speak."
On Wednesday, family members and friends gathered at a cemetery in West Valley City where Jason Royter is buried. They hope something will soon lead to a break in this case -- and bring the peace they've sought for ten long years.
"It would be nice," said Andrew Royter.
Police said detectives have also recently re-interviewed witnesses from the night of the murder in 2005. If you have any information, call the Unified police detective in charge of this case at 385-468-9793.
The homeowner at the time thought her son might have direct knowledge but a lot may have changed in the decade going on 11 years that this homicide has remained unsolved. The live-in girlfriend was named Tammy Martinez but I'm not sure if she was also the homeowner. I don't see anything about Tammy being considered a suspect and you'd think the DNA would have matched her if she had anything to do with it. But I do agree it had to be someone Jason knew. Also side note, the Unified Police website is great but there is a type-o. Jason was killed in 2005, not 2012. I will link to that profile along with other relevant links below:
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