Maria Astorga's Body Dumped Near I-70, Search on for Suspect Javier Huerta

A photo of Maria Maricela Astorga-Chavez circulated by the West Valley City (Utah) Police Department. Additional images and more below.
A photo of Maria Maricela Astorga-Chavez circulated by the West Valley City (Utah) Police Department. Additional images and more below.
West Valley City Police Department

This past Sunday, a Colorado Department of Transportation worker made a grisly discovery.

A woman's body was found along Interstate 70.

Days later, the victim was identified as Maria Maricela Astorga-Chavez, a 32-year-old who'd been reported missing several days earlier.

Her death is being investigated as a homicide — and the prime suspect is Javier Huerta, the man with whom she was last seen.

On August 13, the West Valley City Police Department  noted that Astorga-Chavez had vanished a week earlier, on the evening of August 6, after climbing into a white Ford Expedition with Huerta.

The department shared this photo of Huerta....

Javier Huerta.
Javier Huerta.
West Valley City Police Department

...as well as this one....

Javier Huerta.
Javier Huerta.
West Valley City Police Department

...and this one:

Javier Huerta.
Javier Huerta.
West Valley City Police Department

The release featured this unnerving line: "Maria's behavior leading up to her disappearance was out of character and we would like to make sure that she is okay."

Cut to 1:30 p.m. on August 16, when the aforementioned CDOT worker discovered a dead woman along I-70 in Summit County.

A release from the Summit County Sheriff's Office reportedly noted that the body was near mile marker 210, between the Eisenhower Tunnel and the Silverthorne exit.

Here's an interactive graphic showing the area. If you have problems seeing the image, click "View on Google Maps."

The West Valley City department has now revealed that authorities in Colorado have positively identified the body as that of Astorga-Chavez.

In the meantime, Huerta remains at large.

Upcoming Events

He's described as a five-foot, ten-inch, 160 pound Hispanic man who's also been known to use the name Jorge Martinez, as well as other aliases.

If you have any information about Huerta's whereabouts, you're encouraged to contact the WVCPD at 801-840-4000.

In the meantime, our condolences to the friends, family and loved ones of Maria Maricela Astorga-Chavez.

Here's a larger look at the photo of Astorga-Chavez at the top of this post.

Maria Maricela Astorga-Chavez.
Maria Maricela Astorga-Chavez.
West Valley City Police Department
Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.

Sponsor Content

Newsletters

All-access pass to the top stories, events and offers around town.

  • Top Stories
    Send:

Newsletters

All-access pass to top stories, events and offers around town.

Sign Up >

No Thanks!

Remind Me Later >