Gregory Dahl Nickell. Uintah County, Utah.
Gregory Dahl Nickell
Source: Utah Department of Public Safety
Date of Crime: 11/26/1972
Weight: 160 lbs
Case #: 72-0029
Agency: Uintah County Sheriff's Office
On 11/26/1972, Greg Nickell (victim) and a female passenger were parked at a scenic view West of Vernal, UT in Uintah County. At approximately 0110 hrs Greg Nickell was seated in the vehicle and approached by an unknown male suspect, Greg Nickell rolled down his window, and was shot several times, by the male suspect.
The suspect got inside the vehicle and pushed Greg Nickell into the passenger side of the vehicle and drove away following another vehicle. The vehicle was later discovered about 30 miles Southwest of Vernal, UT near a local reservoir in Uintah County. The vehicle had been set on fire with the body of Greg Nickell inside. At some point during the incident the female victim was forced into the second vehicle where she was held captive and driven around Uintah and Duchesne County for several hours. The female victim was raped by both the suspects. The female was later released in Duchesne County, and was able to walk to nearby farm house and contact local law enforcement.
If you have any information that could help with this case please call the Uintah County Sheriff’s Office of Investigation (435)789-2511
Cold Case Tip Hotline: 833-DPS-SAFE (833-377-7233)
Utah deputies identify suspect in 1972 murder, rape case; still looking for second suspect
VERNAL, Utah — A suspect in a murder and rape case from 1972 involving an Army veteran and his date has been identified, according to Uintah County deputies.
“Daniel Arthur Bell, who died in 2019, has been identified through extensive DNA testing as one of two men suspected of killing Gregory Dahl Nickell nearly 50 years ago at a scenic overlook west of Vernal,” read a Wednesday morning press release from the Uintah County Sheriff’s Office.