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Utah’s Nicole Romero kidnapped by Guatemala’s Orlando Esiesa Tobar, Venezuela’s Jorge Rafael Medina-Reyes?

Conzuelo Solorio-Romero (©Unified Police Department)

Conzuelo Solorio-Romero (©Unified Police Department)

Conzuelo “Nicole” Solorio-Romero, 25, was kidnapped from her apartment in Kearns, Salt Lake City, Utah, United States at around 2:30 p.m. on February 6, 2021. She was later killed in West Valley City, Salt Lake County, according to the Unified Police Department.

On February 16, 2021, Unified Police Department officers arrested Orlando Esiesa Tobar, 29, of Guatemala and Jorge Rafael Medina Reyes, 21, of Venezuela in connection with the kidnapping. Both men were charged with aggravated kidnapping, aggravated murder, obstruction of justice and criminal homicide and booked into the Salt Lake County Adult Detention Center.

The day Solorio-Romero was kidnapped from her house, she was forcibly taken in a 2010 green Toyota Camry and transported to a secondary location in West Valley City where she was fatally shot. From the second location, her body was transported in a white pickup truck with a snowplow on the front.

Authorities have recovered the truck. They also found a firearm in Esiesa and Medina’s residence, which matched the bullet was recovered from the location in West Valley City where Solorio-Romero’s body was found.

“Two people can’t complete this type of crime on their own,” NBC News quoted Salt Lake County sheriff Rosie Rivera as saying. She believes that Esiesa and Medina were not the only people involved in the crime.

“I want to thank our investigators who have been working diligently day and night to bring answers to Nicole’s family,” Rivera said. “Our hearts are with the family during this difficult time.”

Orlando Esiesa Tobar (©Salt Lake County Adult Detention Center)

Orlando Esiesa Tobar (©Salt Lake County Adult Detention Center)

 

Solorio-Romero shared her apartment in Kearns with her younger sister Julianna Bersamin. Before being kidnapped, the former was alone at home and called the latter, who was at the mall.

“My sister had called me,” Bersamin told KSL-TV. “I answered it and she was crying and saying that there was three men that were threatening her with a gun and to get out of the house.”

Bersamin also told the publication that Solorio-Romero also called their cousin twice that day and asked for a ride. According to the cousin, Solorio-Romero sounded scared and asked not to call the cops.

When Bersamin and their cousin arrived at the apartment, Solorio-Romero was no longer there. Before her disappearance, Solorio-Romero was able to send a video message to a friend saying that men with guns were forcing her out of her home.

Witnesses saw Esiesa at the apartment that day. He allegedly held a knife to her neck and questioned her about information she allegedly gave to police that resulted in the arrest of one of his associates.

Jorge Rafael Medina Reyes (©Salt Lake County Adult Detention Center)

Jorge Rafael Medina Reyes (©Salt Lake County Adult Detention Center)

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