Man formally charged with murder after police find photo of victim digging his own grave

Posted at 6:31 AM, Nov 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-22 08:31:18-05

PROVO, Utah — Formal charges were filed Monday against a murder suspect accused of forcing his alleged victim to dig his own grave in Utah County. 

Raul Francisco Vidrio faces a first-degree felony charge of criminal homicide, a second-degree felony charge of obstruction of justice and a third-degree felony charge of abuse or desecration of a dead human body. Vidrio has been charged in connection with the death of Wesley Nay, who was reported missing on September 18.

According to a probable cause statement, Nay disappeared on August 29 and his body was discovered in a shallow grave near Indianola on October 20.

A report from the Utah State Office of the Medical Examiner noted Nay had significant injuries consistent with blunt force, and he was cut or stabbed with a sharp instrument,  the statement said.

According to a news release from the Utah County Sheriff’s Office, Vidrio was arrested in Sandy on September 1 while driving a stolen pickup truck. Inside the truck police found shovels, a pick and gas jugs.

Inside a backpack police found a large, fixed-blade knife in a leather sheath. DNA analysis confirmed that blood found inside the sheath was Nay’s, the release states.

Police obtained a warrant for Vidrio’s cell phone, and “an image was recovered that shows Wesley apparently digging his own grave. That image shows Wesley wearing the same clothing he was reported to have been wearing at the time he was last seen in Mt. Pleasant.”