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SLCPD asks for public’s help in locating hit-and-run homicide suspect

SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake City Police Department (SLCPD) has asked for the public’s help in finding a suspect in an ongoing hit-and-run homicide investigation.

53-year-old Robert Boyatt has been accused of using his car to hit and kill 61-year-old Victor Hershberger in the early morning hours of Monday, July 3.

According to a statement from the SLCPD, police were dispatched 1020 W 1000 N at approximately 1:15 a.m. on Monday following a report of a crash involving a car and a person riding a scooter.

Hershberger, who had been riding the scooter, died on the scene. SLCPD detectives believe that Boyatt intentionally hit Hershberger with his car before leaving the scene without stopping.

Detectives do not believe this was a random incident, and have determined that the two men knew each other.

Anyone with information about the crash or Boyatt’s whereabouts should call (801)-799-3000 and reference case number 23-144525.

Boyatt is approximately 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighs 180 pounds, is bald, and has blue eyes. He is considered dangerous. Detectives are also urging Boyatt to turn himself in by calling 911.

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