COPS have given a major update after a man allegedly tortured and killed his grandma last year.
West Valley City police have asked hunters to be on the lookout for the remains of 99-year-old Marlen Carlson in the Uinta Mountains.
Carlson’s grandson, Shaun Cunningham, 51, is said to have killed her in November 2021 and disposed of her body somewhere in Kamas, Utah.
Officials specifically think her body could be at the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, near State Route 150 and State Route 35, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.
Cunningham’s wife contacted police on November 12 about escaping their home having been held captive for two days.
She also claimed that Cunningham had killed Carlson, who had lived with them, reports KCPW.
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Cunningham’s wife is also alleged to have told cops that he tried to smother his grandmother with a pillow before pummelling her.
She is also said to have remembered seeing the elderly woman’s skull “caved in,” according to The Salt Lake Tribune.
The wife is also alleged to have said that Cunningham handcuffed his grandma, burned her with cigarettes and cut her with broken knives and glass.
It is also reported by The Tribune that Cunningham had threatened his grandmother with a gun.
Cunningham is then said to have used a piece of her walker to stab her in the neck.
When Cunningham realized she was still alive he reportedly threw her down another flight of stairs which led to the basement, and stabbed her in the chest with a steak knife.
His wife claimed she overheard him wrap her body in plastic, according to The Tribune.
Cell phone data placed him in the Uinta Mountains. on November 2, leading to police suspecting Carlson’s body is in the area.
Cunningham was charged with aggravated murder and aggravated kidnapping in December.
While behind bars, he reportedly took his own life in March although the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office did not release the cause of death at the time.
Carlson was described as being 4 feet, 11 inches tall, and weighing 85 pounds.
She was last seen wearing floral light pink pajamas, though she may have also been wearing a robe.
Carlson’s great grandaughter Shaunee Cunningham told Fox 13: “Me and my [great] grandmother were really close.
“I spent a lot of time at her house when I was a kid, every holiday. All of her 99 birthdays, I was there for all of them.”
“He was an aggressive person. The domestic violence I could believe, but the murdering of his own grandmother was something that, it took me a while to wrap my head around, especially since he loved her a lot, so that was really hard for me to understand.”
“In the last eight months, I have buried all of my family,” she added. “My father, his mother, and now I just want something to bury her and put her to rest. She is the last of that side of my family, complete last. So even if it’s just something to bury, it would mean a lot just to put closure because that is the only thing that’s holding me up.”
Detectives believe evidence related to Carlson’s presumed murder may be in a black garbage bag.
Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call West Valley City police on 801-840-4000.
Police have advised anyone who finds relevant evidence not to touch it and instead record the coordinates where it is located.