Owner of property where murdered girl was found claims harassment, police respond

Posted at 5:17 PM, Jul 19, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-20 11:35:10-04

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah -- A West Valley City family is afraid to sleep at night, as they are in fear of retaliation for a murder they had nothing to do with.

The body of 12-year-old Kailey Vijil was found in a backyard at 5200 West 3611 South on Friday, and now the owners of that property say they are under attack.

Since that discovery, the people who live here have called the police four separate times regarding various disturbances--ranging from trespassing to people throwing rocks at their windows.

The homeowner, Scott Griffiths, lives here with four of his family members, including his 84-year-old mother-in-law. He said he’s worried she could have a heart attack due to all the stress they've been under since Kailey’s body was found on their property.

They said people will drive by and yell offensive comments at them. Saturday night, they heard a number of rocks hitting their front window. They said they are completely innocent and had nothing to do with Kailey’s murder, and they just wish people would leave them alone. A 15-year-old boy has been booked into juvenile detention on suspicion of criminal homicide. 

“Every once in a while, a car would stop and holler, 'murderer' and stuff like that, and about 12:30 to one o'clock in the morning we heard rocks hitting the house and all of a sudden a big bang against the window, and we come to find out it was a piece of cement that hit our window, and I just think people are taking this all wrong: like we are the ones that done it when were not,” Scott Griffiths said.

Lt. Lamonte Cox of the West Valley City Police Department urged people to respect the privacy of those who live at the property.

“Really we need to ask the public to respect their privacy also because they're kind of almost a victim in this too, because they didn't have anything to do with the homicide,” he said.

A vigil for Kailey is scheduled for Sunday evening at 8 p.m. at West Valley City Park.