Husband named killer in 1998. Utah case found wrapped in rug by wife

The husband of a murdered Ohio woman who was found rolled in a rug nearly 25 years ago was named the killer by Utah authorities on Wednesday, ending the 1998 cold case.

Using advanced DNA technology, state police determined that Lina Reyes-Geddes was killed by her late husband, Edward Geddes. Reyes-Geddes was found by a passerby on the side of a road in Utah near Maidenwater Spring.

She had been wrapped in plastic bags, wrapped in duct tape, tied with rope and then thrown into a sleeping bag before being wrapped in a rug, authorities said.

Utah State Bureau of Investigation agent Brian Davis told the Post that after several failed attempts in the past, authorities were able to pull DNA from the rope using a special vacuum.

Because Geddes killed himself and was cremated in 2001, police had to get DNA from two relatives to compare the DNA on the rope, Davis said, yielding a positive match for Geddes.

Another set of male DNA was found on the rope, but that individual was later ruled out, Davis said.

Lina Reyes-Geddes in an undated photo.
Lina Reyes-Geddes was found curled up in a rug in 1998.
Utah Department of Public Safety

“There are a lot of ups and downs in law enforcement, but I would put this case at the top just to make you feel good,” said Davis, a 23-year veteran. “…Helping people that is literally helping people and changing lives is very fulfilling.

“At least there are some closures, at least there are answers.”

After the victim was found in April 1998, her remains were not identified by the local sheriff’s department and the case went cold, according to the Utah Department of Public Safety. She was not reported missing by her husband, but by one of her aunts, who was living in Mexico five months after she was last seen alive, Davis said.

Edward Geddes is being questioned by the police.
Police used advanced DNA technology to determine Edward Geddes killed his wife here in 1998.
Utah Department of Public Safety
Lina's sister Lucero hugs a family member.
Lina’s sister Lucero traveled from Mexico to provide the police with a DNA sample.
Utah Department of Public Safety

The case went cold until 2018, when Utah and Ohio authorities released photos of Reyes-Geddes around the same time. The Utah photo showed Jane Doe being found and the Ohio photo was from a missing person case, prompting the two authorities to connect.

The victim’s sister traveled from Mexico to provide a DNA sample, and police were able to confirm that Reyes-Geddes was the Jane Doe, investigators said.

The sister visited her grave in Utah a few years ago.

Lina Reyes-Geddes and her husband in an undated photo.
Reyes-Geddes had been wrapped in plastic bags, taped, tied with rope and then thrown into a sleeping bag before being wrapped in a rug.
Utah Department of Public Safety

“I felt like nobody would listen to me for 20 years. But now I know what happened,” Lucero, Lina’s sister, said in a 2019 Utah State Police news release. “I’m here to take her home, not like I expected, but I’m taking her home with me.”

“She was very grateful and grateful, even back in 2018, just from ID, she was very grateful and humbled for what had been done,” Davis said. “It wasn’t what they were hoping and expecting, but at least they knew, at least they knew where she was, they knew they had her remains back.”

Geddes claimed when questioned by police in 1998 that his wife traveled from Ohio to Texas and then to Mexico, but Davis believes Reyes-Geddes was killed in Ohio and then transported to Utah.

He’s not sure why Geddes traveled more than 1,800 miles to dispose of the body. Before that piece of DNA, there was circumstantial evidence pointing to Geddes as the killer, Davis said. Husband named killer in 1998. Utah case found wrapped in rug by wife


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