‘Do Not Pick Up Hitchhikers’ Warning Issued; WHP Finds Man Fatally Shot

Law enforcement agencies in the region, including the Daggett County Sheriff’s Office, are urging travelers to NOT pick up hitchhikers. “Don’t do it,” shares Daggett County Sheriff Erik Bailey. “Although it may seem like a nice gesture, you could be putting your life in jeopardy.” The warnings were issued throughout the region after the Sheriff out of Rawlins, Wyoming shared that at 6:22am on May 11th, the Wyoming Carbon County Sheriff’s Office received a call about a suspicious vehicle in the roadway with an  unresponsive subject in the back seat on County Road 215. Wyoming Highway Patrol responded and found a male with a fatal gunshot wound in the chest. Carbon County Sheriff’s Office is seeking a person of interest in the case, a juvenile named Marcos Esteban Garza Calderon. He is 5’6”, 130 pounds with brown eyes and black hair. He is considered possibly armed and dangerous. Anyone with information is asked to call 307-324-2776. As for Daggett County Sheriff Erik Bailey’s warning: if you pass a hitchhiker in northeastern Utah, note their location and call Central Dispatch at 435-789-4222 and a deputy will go check on them. 


Picking up hitch hikers

I always pick up hitch hikers. Even if I'm alone. Have you ever had to walk on a cold lonely highway or a blistering hot dirt road before? The only hope you have is that someone has enough compassion for another human to stop and ask if you need a ride. Life is dangerous. So what. We aren't meant to live forever.

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