Name: Elizabeth Salgado
Last seen: April 16, 2015
Location: Provo, Utah
Status: Found deceased in May 2018
Disappeared: Season 8 Episode 4 “On a Mission”
Elizabeth Salgado was last seen on April 16, 2015 in Provo, Utah. She was last seen leaving the Nomen Global Language Center, 384 W. Center, heading back to her apartment which was a mile and a half away.
On the walk home she texted her sister and an uncle, both texted her back but never got a response. She hasn’t been seen or heard from since.
At the time of her disappearance Elizabeth was living with roommates at the Branbury Apartments, located at 449 W. 1720 North. She’d been living in Provo for about a month, where she was studying English after serving a Mormon mission. She always arrived at work and school on time, and checked in with her roommates and family every day.
There has been no activity on her cell phone, bank accounts, email or social media.
Salgado was last seen carrying a denim handbag with red straps, and wearing a denim jacket and blue jeans.
Elizabeth is between 5’5”-5’6” tall and weighs 120-130 lbs., with long black hair and dark brown eyes.
2018 Update: Elizabeth Salgado’s Remains Identified
On May 23, 2018 Provo investigators confirmed that the skeletal remains found in Hobble Creek Canyon are that of Elizabeth Salgado.
Police believe she was given a ride to the location where her remains were found, which is approximately 15 miles away from where she was last seen.
A cause of death has not been determined, but her case is being investigated as a homicide. Authorities said her body appeared to have been exposed to the elements for years.
The break in the case came on May 18, when a man discovered remains in some bushes in Hobble Creek Canyon above Springville and contacted the Utah County Sheriff’s Office.
Male DNA Found on Coin Where Elizabeth’s Remains Were Discovered
The Utah Cold Case Coalition announced that a male DNA sample was found on a coin collected from the site where Elizabeth Salgado’s body was found.
The penny was discovered in July 2019 and sent off for DNA testing. It was found at a makeshift headstone in Hobble Creek Canyon where her body was found. At this time it is unknown when the coin was left there.
Once a DNA analysis is complete it will be used to develop a profile using Ged-Match technology, the same method that was used to find the Golden State Killer.
If you have any information regarding the disappearance of Elizabeth Salgado please contact the Provo Police Department at (801) 852-6210 or call the WE HELP THE MISSING -TIP LINE (866) 660-4025.
Resources & Further Information
Help Find Missing Elizabeth Laguna Salgado – Facebook
Elizabeth Elena Salgado: Two Years Without a Trace – Reddit
Elizabeth Elena Laguna-Salgado – The Charley Project
Elizabeth Laguna Salgado – Websleuths
Missing: Salgado Disappears in Provo – Crime Watch Daily
Elizabeth Elena Laguna Salgado – Missing Persons of America
Missing Woman: Elizabeth Elena Laguna-Salgado – Project Jason
News & Media Links
Elizabeth Salgado’s Last Minutes of Life – 04/19
Salgado’s Family Visits Where Her Remains Were Found – 06/18
No Signs of Blunt Force Trauma on Remains of Elizabeth Salgado – 05/18
Remains Found in Utah Canyon Identified as Elizabeth Salgado – 05/18
Detectives Recount Early Days of Salgado Missing Case – 04/17
Salgado Still Missing After Vanishing in Provo – 04/17
More Salgado Search Volunteers Question Her Uncles – 2017
Family Pleads for Help With Search for Missing Provo Woman – 04/17
Two Years Later: Salgado Still Mysteriously Gone – 04/17
Story of Missing Provo Woman to Be Seen Nationwide – 04/17
Family of Woman Who Vanished in Provo Pleads for Information – 04/17
Two Years After She Vanished, Provo Woman Remains Missing – 04/17
Kidnapping Survivor Pleads For Safe Return of Missing Provo Woman – 04/16
Saturday Marks One Year Since Salgado Vanished – 04/16
One Year After Woman’s Disappearance, Family Not Giving Up Search – 04/16
Family, Community Mark 1 Year Since Provo Woman Vanished – 04/16
March in Chiapas and the U.S. for Missing Mexican Girl – 04/16
Missing Missionary Remembered by Mission President – 07/15
Missing Returned Missionary Remembered Fondly – 07/15
Search Continues For Missing Provo Woman – 04/15
Elizabeth Smart Asks For Help in Finding Missing Missing Utah Woman – 04/15
Provo Police Ask For Help in Finding Salgado – 04/15
Elizabeth Smart Joins Search For Salgado – 04/15
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