Summarized by Kent Larsen
1988 Murder of LDS woman remains unsolved (Unsolved Mysteries --for Now)
Los Angeles Times 28Nov99 P2
By Daniel Yi: Times Staff Writer
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA -- The 1988 murder of LDS Church member Malinda
Gibbons remains unsolved, despite the efforts of Orange County police.
Lt. Ron Smith says that he remains haunted by the case, his first
homicide case. "I would just love to crack this case like no other," he
Gibbons was 22 and had just moved to Orange County from Utah with her
husband, Kent, following his graduation from the University of Utah.
When Kent left for his first day of work at Western Digital in Irvine,
California, his wife, who was expecting their first child, had planned
to spend the day unpacking in their new Costa Mesa home. But when he
returned that evening, he found his wife bound and gaged, raped and
stabbed. She had bled to death from the wound.
Smith says that Gibbons may have left her front door unlocked, and there
were no signs of forced entry or physical struggle. He says that the
police remain committed to solving the crime, in spite of 11 years of
frustration, "We have gone through every parolee in the area at the
time, sex offenders, checked for similar crimes across Orange County and
the nation," he said. "We don't have a good suspect yet, but I don't
want the crook to think we are not on to him."
Smith says that solving the crime may be just a matter of time, "Every
day there is something going on in this case. There are many more people
to track down."
Gibbons was the oldest of five children in a Harrisville, Utah family.
Her brother, Mathew Godfrey, says the family is over their grief, "Our
family has put this behind us . . . but we are still hopeful the
perpetrator will be caught. Not from a vindictive standpoint, but we
would hate for something like this to happen to anyone else."