Detectives claim the attacker left Hope Gabaldon to die on a residential street corner

By Chris Harris
Updated February 29, 2016 04:10 PM
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Police in Utah say they’ve detained a person of interest in the murder of a 21-year-old woman who was found clinging to life on a residential street Thursday night after being attacked in an unspecified manner.

West Valley City police confirms to PEOPLE that a suspect has been arrested stemming from Hope Gabaldon’s death, but police have not released the suspect’s name.

By the time she was found on a street corner, Gabaldon had sustained several life-threatening injuries. Police tell PEOPLE Gabaldon was unable to communicate with emergency responders who’d responded to the scene to treat her.

She died from her wounds not long after being found, according to police.

Law enforcement officials have not provided specific information about the nature, extent and severity of Gabaldon’s injuries.

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Gabaldon died before investigators could glean any information from her about the attack. But a suspect was identified within hours, and, working with detectives in Colorado, where the suspect was located, West Valley City police were able to track down the suspect, who was taken into custody on Sunday.

Police are still searching for Gabaldon’s vehicle: A 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee bearing the Utah license plate W663BR. They have asked for the public’s cooperation in tracking down the SUV.