Teens being charged as adults in man's death in Grand County

Published: Monday, April 8 2013 3:55 p.m. MDT

Detectives say Gregorio Campos' body was found in the Colorado River near the base of this rock photographed Monday April 8, 2013.

Geoff Liesik, Deseret News

MOAB — Two 16-year-old boys have been charged with homicide in adult court in connection with the death of a man whose body was found in the Colorado River.

Brody Blu Kruckenburg and Charles Anthony Nelson were charged Monday in Moab's 7th District Court with murder, a first-degree felony, and obstruction of justice, a second-degree felony.

The two were charged in connection with the death of Gregorio Salazar Campos, 33, whose body was found Saturday in the Colorado River near the intersection of U.S. 191 and state Route 128. Campos was reported missing March 29 when his sister told police he did not show up for work.

Grand County Sheriff Steven White said a connection between Campos and the teens is still being investigated. It appears Campos was killed about March 25 in a Grand County residence and his body later disposed of in the river. 

Investigators say Campos' body had "gunshot wounds." His body was taken to the Utah State Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy.

Prior to the killing, Kruckenburg and Nelson had never been on law enforcement's radar, White said.

"We know them as local kids from the area, but nothing real major," he said. "Anytime you see juveniles in something like this it's a total surprise."

White asked anyone with information about the case to contact the Grand County Sheriff's Office.

Pat Reavy, Geoff Liesik

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