Iowa Murder Suspect Arrested During Routine Stop in Utah

Police had been looking for the man in connection to the missing woman's case

TOOELE COUNTY, Utah (ABC4 News) A man wanted for questioning in the disappearance of a woman in Iowa was arrested in Tooele County Thursday evening after a trooper stopped to assist the motorist on I-80. 

Utah Highway Patrol said on Thursday they were called to assist a motorist near milepost 65 in Tooele County.  

The vehicle had been reported as connected to a missing persons case out of Iowa from the previous week and the driver of the car, 22-year-old Kyle Jepson of Iowa, was wanted for questioning in her disappearance as well as an unrelated 2nd degree burglary warrant. 

Agents from the State Bureau of Investigation conducted an interview of Jepson and he was booked into the Tooele County Jail. 

After Jepson's arrest, Des Moines police found the body of 49-year-old Gloria Gary of Des Moines, Iowa, who was reported missing on January 5 concealed inside her own home. Sgt. Paul Parizek told reporters in Iowa during a press conference that Gary's home had been filled with a lot of personal belongings inside a small space, making it difficult to find her during previous searches of her home. 

Gary's car was spotted in Parowan, Utah on Wednesday, the day before his arrest in Tooele. Investigators have not found evidence that Gary knew Jepson but they are saying this was not a random incident. 

He is currently awaiting extradition to Iowa.


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