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1 of 2 victims shot in burned Sandy home identified

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 18 2012 3:35 p.m. MST

Sandy firefighters and Unified police investigate a house fire Friday, Dec., 14, 2012, at 2811 E. Ksel Drive with two deceased individuals inside. Police say the victims were shot and the case is considered a double homicide.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

SANDY — Through forensic testing, investigators Tuesday confirmed the identity of one of two people found shot to death inside a burned out bedroom.

The bodies of Ralph J. Salazar, 59, and a woman were found inside the master bedroom at 2811 E. Ksel Drive (9420 South) about 8:30 a.m. Friday. An autopsy determined both were killed as a result of being shot. Their bodies were found on a bed that was intentionally set on fire, according to investigators.

Because of burns sustained by the victims, detectives were not able to immediately identify them. As of Tuesday, the identity of the woman still had not been confirmed.

Police have not released a possible motive or suspects for the crime. However, Salt Lake County Sheriff's Lt. Justin Hoyal said Tuesday that evidence had been collected that leads detectives to believe it was "probably not a random crime," and investigators were looking at "a lot of possible suspects."

Salazar is the owner of the home that was burned. Records show Salazar also has ties to Bountiful.

Police are asking that anyone with information about the case or anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in the area Friday morning call 801-743-5915.

Pat Reavy, Twitter: DNewsCrimeTeam

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