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Utah Man Allegedly Forced Murder Victim to Dig His Own Grave: Police

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Raul Francisco Vidrio
Utah County Sheriff's Office

A 19-year-old man has been charged with murder after police allegedly found a picture on his phone they say shows a man digging his own grave before being killed, police confirm to PEOPLE.

A statement from the Provo, Utah, police department alleges Raul Francisco Vidrio killed 22-year-old Wesley Dee Nay, who was reported missing in late August.

Nay’s burned body was found in a shallow grave on Oct. 20 by a father and son who were out hunting coyotes, according to the statement.

Vidrio was arrested less than a month later, according to the statement. He is being held on $500,000 bail.

Vidrio has been charged with aggravated murder, abuse or desecration of a corpse, and obstruction of justice. He has yet to enter a plea to the charges and is due in court Dec. 1 for his arraignment. It was unclear Wednesday if Vidrio has an attorney.

Police allege that Vidrio beat and stabbed Nay to death before burying his remains in a shallow grave. Before covering the body with dirt and leaves, Vidrio allegedly lined the grave with wood, poured gasoline on the corpse, and set it ablaze.

A witness allegedly told detectives he saw both men together on Aug. 31, and had overheard Vidrio and talking with two other people about “opening the door to hell, the Saint of the Dead, and some dark [stuff].”

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A warrant was obtained for Vidrio’s phone, and as investigators were searching its contents, they allegedly came across the image they say shows Nay digging what would become his own grave. In the photo, Nay can be seen wearing the same clothing he had on the last day he was seen alive, according to the statement.

An autopsy of Nay’s remains showed he died from blunt force trauma and has been cut or stabbed with a sharp instrument, according to the statement.

Police first arrested Vidrio on Sept. 1 after he was pulled over by officers for allegedly driving a stolen truck. A search of the truck turned up shovels, a pick, gas jugs and a large knife in a leather sheath. Vidrio allegedly confessed to owning one of the shovels found in the truck, according to the statement.

Blood recovered from inside the sheath allegedly matched Nay’s DNA, the statement says.

Provo, Utah, police continue to investigate the killing and say additional charges could be filed soon.