Authorities probe massage business link to Fruitvale homicide

Luis Alberto Vazquez Oliva

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Department is investigating whether a man’s slaying last week was connected to his adult erotic massage business, which he operated at the apartment where he was found dead.

Luis Alberto Vazquez Oliva, 26, had advertised men-only adult massage services at several Internet locations, and investigators believe Oliva’s encounters with his customers regularly happened at his apartment inside Diamond Terrace apartments, 540 29 Road, the Sheriff’s Department said Monday.

Oliva’s paid services at times included sex, Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Heather Benjamin said. Investigators are still in the process of trying to identify and speak with those customers, she said.

“Certainly, if anyone has information to share that would be helpful at this point,” Benjamin said.

The investigation hasn’t ruled out the possibility Oliva’s death was linked to his business, she said.

Oliva lived at the apartment with another man and a woman, she said. Both have been interviewed and cooperated with the investigation, Benjamin said.

It wasn’t immediately clear how long Oliva had been offering massages at the apartment. Oliva, who was commonly known as “Alberto” or “Beto,” was a native of Mexico and did not have legal immigration status in the United States, Benjamin said.

Authorities have previously said that evidence in the case suggests Oliva may have known his assailant, but have not elaborated.

Oliva’s body was found by a neighbor around 6:20 a.m. Aug. 1 inside Unit 6 at Diamond Terrace apartments.

Neither the Sheriff’s Department nor the Mesa County Coroner’s office has revealed how Oliva died, saying the information was being withheld because the investigation was continuing.

A series of neighbors who live in the complex have described Oliva as shy and kind, although none of them interviewed last week said they knew Oliva well. Another neighbor, Mark Taylor, 536 29 Road, has said a couple who lived there had a history of fighting with each other and that he observed people coming and going at “odd hours of the night.”

The Sheriff’s Department has asked anyone with information about Oliva to contact investigator Peter Burg at 244-3263, or Mesa County Crime Stoppers at 241-STOP.


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