Ogden, Utah – Ogden residents are shocked after learning that their neighbor is an accused murderer who allegedly hid from police in Alaska for more than two and a half years.
Several people living on Quincy Avenue knew or had seen Kirby Calderwood in the neighborhood and immediately recognized his photo.
Some of them saw the police arrest Calderwood and search his home, but they had no idea at the time what it was.
On Monday, several people told KSL TV what they say they saw on Friday a few days before.
“I saw a group of police officers with guns taking to the streets, so I was like, what’s going on?” recalled Heidi Valderramos.
She took videos of the police on her street as she looked out the window. Another neighbor who lives in a separate apartment in the same house as Calderwood was able to see the police through his kitchen window.
This neighbour, who did not want his name used to protect his privacy, said he went out and asked the police what was going on, but all they said was that it did not concern him.
“They were here for three, four hours probably,” he said. “You could hear the police searching the back of the house, and I saw them put him in a police car.”
Valderramos said he saw police swab Calderwood’s mouth.
It wasn’t until Monday that Valderramos and several other people living on the streets found out that Calderwood was wanted for murder.
The Homer Police Department announced that Calderwood has been arrested and charged with kidnapping, first degree murder, second degree murder and tampering with evidence in the disappearance of Anesha “Duffy” Murnane from Homer, Alaska. .
She disappeared in October 2019, police said, and court documents say Calderwood fled to Utah after police initially questioned him.
Court documents say investigators found a machete and knives with what looked like dried blood on them during a search of his home. Police also reported finding firearms, although Calderwood is not licensed to possess them.
Neighborhood residents told KSL TV that Calderwood had been living in the flat at the back of the house on Quincy Avenue for about a year.
They now feel shocked, knowing that what they saw unfold in Utah was tied to solving a huge murder and missing persons case in Alaska.
“I feel like it’s really scary,” Valderramos said. “You never know who you live next to and who you can trust.”