24 years later, investigators still search for Rosie Tapia's killer


Today marks 24 years since Rosie Tapia's murder, abduction and rape has gone unsolved. (Photo courtesy of Tapia family)

Today marks 24 years since Rosie Tapia was murdered, abducted and raped. Her case has yet to be solved.

The young girl was kidnapped near her family's Salt Lake apartment in 1995.

Her body was found floating in a canal off the Jordan River near 1900 South 1600 West the same day she was taken.

A neighbor claimed he was up early and saw a teenager coming from the same direction as the canal. At first, he thought the teen was wearing pants with two different colors, but then realized the pants were wet, a press release stated.

It's been almost two years since investigators announced new leads in the case.

They also recently released a sketch of a possible suspect. According to a press release, the sketch is based on Tapia's neighbor's recollection.

The witness described the teenager as a 16- to 17-year-old boy who is Hispanic, had a slight build and a narrow face with high cheek bones. He was seen wearing denim jeans, a white shirt and a medium length gold chain.

The witness had previously been in contact with the Salt Lake City Police Department, but didn't sit down with a sketch artist. Police previously released a sketch of a potential suspect. That man was never identified.

The Tapia family plans to visit the cemetery where Rosie was buried.