Deputies investigate murder and attempted suicide near Tremonton


Deputies are investigating the death of a woman who is believed to have been killed by a man who then tried to stab himself. The homicide occurred early Sunday morning at a home near 9860 West 10400 North in Bothwell, east of Tremonton.

According to emergency radio traffic, 911 dispatch operators received a call at about 6:50 a.m. from a third-party individual. He reported that the two people at the home “may have done something stupid.”

Box Elder County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Dale Ward said law enforcement and paramedics immediately responded to the residence.

“A Tremonton police officer also responded and he was able to arrive before deputies,” explained Ward. “Upon arrival, he found a deceased female and also found a male, with a knife wound to his neck. The male was treated by paramedics and transported to the hospital and later transferred to another hospital for surgery.”

The woman was later identified as 53-year-old Maria De Cervantes. She had multiple stab wounds. A knife was also found near her body.

Ward said the male suspect is 39-year-old Jose Gutierrez-Torres. Investigators are still trying to determine what led to the stabbing.

“We’re confident that the male was the perpetrator of the death and that he did in fact cause his own wounds. He has been placed under arrest and as soon as he is released from the hospital, he will be transported to the Box Elder County Jail.”

The home was owned by Cervantes. No one else was at the residence when the stabbing occurred.

Ward said investigators are still trying to determine what events led to the Cervantes’ death. They suspect she and Torres were involved in a prior relationship.

“We are really trying to sift through that and get to the bottom of it. There is a number of individuals that our detectives are going to have to interview and get in touch with, to try and determine what that relationship was.”

Deputies are calling this an isolated incident. There is no additional threat to the community.

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