The body of a missing newborn baby was discovered near the highway in Lambs Canyon, Salt Lake County, Utah on Monday, September 25. The child’s 18-year-old mother, Estrella Meza Ojeda, had been arrested earlier in the week for the alleged death of the child. On September 19, Meza Ojeda led Wasatch County Sheriff’s officers to an area near where the body was eventually found, stating that she had disposed of the body in that vicinity.
During the initial search, Wasatch County Police found a piece of fabric believed to belong to the baby but were unable to locate the body due to the lack of light and potential animal activity in the area. As a result, the search was suspended temporarily. However, authorities later established a search plan involving cadaver dogs and additional officers.
Unified Police, at the request of Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office, provided assistance in searching for the baby, as they believed the body was within their jurisdiction. The body was eventually located east of the Lambs Canyon exit on the south side of the highway.
Meza Ojeda was arrested on September 19 and charged with aggravated murder, obstructing justice, and abuse or desecration of a dead human body. According to a police affidavit, Meza Ojeda gave birth to a premature boy in early August. Medical professionals informed her that the child required supplemental oxygen to breathe. Despite this, Meza Ojeda was seen multiple times without the necessary oxygen tanks for her son.
Authorities executed a search warrant on Meza Ojeda’s phone, revealing disturbing Google searches related to killing her baby and garbage dumps. Investigators believe Meza Ojeda had premeditated her son’s death. She allegedly confirmed to detectives that the baby was no longer alive.
The investigation is ongoing, and Meza Ojeda remains in custody.