MAGNA, Utah (ABC 4 News) – It was the middle of the day on January 15, 1994. A pair of sledders noticed an SUV parked on the side of an empty stretch of road near the mouth of Butterfield Canyon. They made a horrifying discovery – the body of a 28 year old woman. She’d been shot several times at close range.
Unified Police Detective Todd Park knows how many times she was shot, how close, at … what angles… and that he may have had an accomplice… but he won’t talk about details only he and the killer know.
“This isn’t a stalker that just showed up and decided to kill somebody,” says detective Park. “This was a planned deal, a planned meeting and that meeting didn’t go very well for Kimberly.”
The years leading up to her death were happier times, times when Linda Ricks had both her daughters.
“Some of my fondest memories of Kim are her love of family and her sister,” says the grieving mother. Kim and Kelly were very, very close. She loved her children. She had a little girl and a little boy and she loved both kids very much."
Kimberly, Kelly and Mom were a team. I all ended in January of 1994 in the worst way this mother could have imagined.
“Murder is, I think, the very worst of any way you can possibly lose your child,” she says. “I think about it a lot."
The lead investigator on this 16 year-old case also thinks about it a lot. Park says he has a strong professional hunch about who pulled off this cold, calculated, execution-style killing. He says he needs only a few small pieces of information.
“I know that there’s people out there that have the answers to the questions I have," he says. Then he leans up in his chair as he speaks again. “The person that did this needs to be held accountable,” Park says. “This family has suffered for a long time."
The victim’s widower was once considered a suspect in the death of Kimberly Evans. He is not any longer but he refuses to talk to police. Detective Park says he thinks he may hold clues to help solve the mystery of who killed Kimberly Evans.
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