The daughter of a Harrisville, Utah, city councilman was found bound, gagged and dead in her apartment here, just weeks after she and her husband moved to California, police say.
Costa Mesa police have not determined the cause or motive of 22-year-old Malinda Godfrey Gibbons' death, Lt. Rick Johnson said Tuesday.William Shurtleff, bishop of the Harrisville Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said he spoke to an investigating officer and the victim's new bishop in Costa Mesa. He said the officer told him Gibbons was tied up and either shot or stabbed.
"They weren't people who had enemies," Shurtleff said of Gibbons and her husband, Kent William Gibbons, 25. Mrs. Gibbons was the daughter of Harrisville City Councilman William V. Godfrey.
Jennings said Kent Gibbons had recently taken an electrical engineering job with a California firm and moved to Costa Mesa with his wife in June.
Johnson said Gibbons returned home from work about 6 p.m. Monday and found his wife dead. "He was so shook up last night . . . we're not getting a lot of information from him," he said.
There was no sign of forced entry in the ground-level apartment, the lieutenant said. The body was clothed and appeared to have been dead several hours.