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Body of San Gabriel man found in Utah

February 14, 2012 |  1:42 pm

The body of a San Gabriel man who went missing in May after taking a job out of state has been found buried in a Utah backyard.

Victor Flores, 25, had gone to Roy, Utah, after being offered a construction job by Daniel Rivera, a 33-year-old who police later learned had escaped from a county jail, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.

The newspaper said a tip led police in nearby Layton to the home, where Flores' body was discovered after four days of digging. Roy Police Chief Greg Whinham told the Tribune that detectives were investigating the death as a homicide.

In an interview last year with the Tribune, a friend of the Flores family, Sandra Banuelos, said the victim had left for Utah on May 7 with a man later identified as Rivera, who had promised a construction job.

The owner of the Roy home, 32-year-old Sarah Nicole Munn, was charged Monday with second-degree felony obstruction of justice after police said they found inconsistencies in her statements.

Rivera, the father of three of Munn's children, rented a tractor May 11 and dug a hole in the backyard of their home to erect a trampoline, according to an affidavit filed with the 2nd District Court in Utah.

Munn told police the hole was later backfilled because it was the wrong size.

Munn is scheduled to appear in court Feb. 21. Rivera is serving a prison sentence in Gunnison, Utah.

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