DRAPER — Police have made another arrest in the violent death of a 15-year Riverton girl who was found dead in the Jordan River on March 11.
"After almost a week of looking for Veanuia Vehekite, he was taken into custody on the night of March 22, 2012," Draper police detective Derek Johnson said in a prepared statement. "We know Veaniua was an active participant in the murder of Anne Kasprzak. Veaniua is a gang member and has a violent criminal history."
He was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of murder and being a restricted person in possession of a weapon.
A witness told police that Vehekite helped move an unconscious Anne Kasprzak in a tarp from a home where it is believed she had been assaulted, a Salt Lake County Jail report states. The witness also said Vehekite left the home with two men who returned a few hours later with blood on their clothes.
On Monday, officers arrested Daniel Robert Lehi Ferry, 31, in connection with the killing. Ferry also has a long criminal history for drugs and assault.
Ferry is accused of killing Kasprzak after she refused to have sex with him, according to a jail report. Investigators believe the girl was assaulted, then taken to the Jordan River Parkway where she was killed.
On Thursday in West Valley Justice Court, Ferry was sentenced to 30 days in jail on unrelated traffic offenses. He pleaded guilty to driving with no proof of insurance, a class B misdemeanor, and driving with an expired license, a class C misdemeanor.
The jail sentence will give the Salt Lake County District Attorney's Office additional time to file charges in the murder investigation.
Ferry was being held Friday in the Salt Lake County Jail for both his 30-day sentence and $1 million bail on his arrest for investigation of murder.1 comment on this story
Court documents show Vehekite has a history of theft, drug and weapons-related crimes. He pleaded guilty to charges in 2004, 2006 and 2009. He is currently awaiting judgment on charges of possesion of a dangerous weapon, possesion with intent to distribute and use or possesion of drug paraphernalia.
In 2003, a jury found Vehekite not guilty on charges of kidnapping and aggravated assault.
Contributing: Jasen Lee