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SPECIAL REPORT: Grand Junction Sisters Search For Justice

Sister Murdered In SLC 32 Years Ago

Thirty-two years ago, Diana Ramirez was found murdered at her workplace in Salt Lake City.

 

She was stabbed repeatedly.  Her killer has never been found.

To this day, her two sisters, who both live in Grand Junction, are trying to find justice.

 

She was found dead, stabbed multiple times laying on her back.

 

It's September 9th, 1986, and shortly after ten in the morning, Salt Lake City police arrive on a murder scene.

 

Diana Ramirez , a receptionist at the family counseling center on South Temple St. is found on the floor.

 

According to the 1986 police report, the victim was lying in an office.

There was blood around her face and her arms.

 

The autopsy showed she was stabbed 12 times in the upper part of her body.

There are two fatal wounds in the neck.

 

Police tell reporters, “We’re checking on some leads.  But we have no suspects."

 

But after 32 years police have yet to make arrest. The case has gone cold. 

 

“The year after she was murdered, I've been calling, just bothering them all the time trying to get some answers, but we never really did,” said Georgette Lobato, one of Ramirez’s sisters who lives in Grand Junction. 

 

Lobato isn't giving up on her older sister.  She remembers Ramirez  as a mother making ends meet. “My sister was loved by everybody, she was a wonderful mother. She was struggling to take care of her children.”

 

On the day of her murder, there were suspicious sightings from those working at the center.

 

“As she came down the hall she passed a gentleman that was wearing a red short sleeve shirt and Levis and they passed each other and  he said hello and she didn't think nothing of it at the time, said Jason Jensen, a private investigator hired by the family.

“He looked out the window here and observed a small compact, two tone silver over dark gray vehicle parked in the driveway." 

 

At the time of her murder, Ramirez was going through a divorce and was also seeing another man. Both were cleared.

 

But Lobato doesn't sound convinced of that.

 

 "In my heart, there's just so many different things running through my head, but in my heart, I can't judge anybody,” she said.

 

“We believe that it was somebody that she knew but very well in fact,” Jensen said. 

He says police even to this day ruled out both men.  But he's not sure of that.

 

Example:  Another sister of Ramirez says a relative of one those men came to his house on the day of the murder.

 

“Her aunt was washing his laundry. And she had seen that it was bloody clothes and she'd asked what had happened and she said ****** had been in an accident and she was doing laundry for him to get things cleaned up," said Ylene Lobato-Castro, who also lives in Grand Junction. “She was saying i know he had something to do with it.  She says I can't prove it but why would his clothes be bloody on that date.”

 

The private investigator also maintains the route traveled by that person was flawed, giving police the wrong time frame of his whereabouts. And that person had motive, according to Jensen.

 

“We have known that in some of the older cases police departments don't have the records anymore,” said Karra Porter, who is with a non-profit cold case unit that specializes in old murder cases whose trail has gone nowhere. 

 

The unit is investigating the Ramirez cold case murder.  It's unknown whether police are missing any evidence from this crime.

 

But she wants people to help solve this case.

 

She shows some records from an unrelated case that a family member found in their basement.

 

“That's the kind of thing that made us think, you know what, there are probably other people that still have these kinds of records in their basement,” Porter said.

 

That bit of information may be crucial in solving a 32-year old murder.

 

"It's been so heavy on everybody's shoulders in not knowing,” said Lobato.

 

“My mother passed away not knowing and that was her biggest wish was to find out.

I miss her and I promise that I'm not going to stop until it's solved."

 

Salt Lake City police say their homicide unit is swamped with current cases and officer-involved shootings, and did not comment on the Ramirez case.

 

 


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