Efrain Ocampo was a 7-month-old baby boy who was murdered in Salt Lake City, Utah, more than 30 years ago, and the person responsible for his death has yet to be brought to justice.
On Nov. 28, 1988, Efrain and Norma Ocampo left their baby in the care of a babysitter at a home at 848 West 200 South.
Sometime after their departure, the babysitter took Efrain to a clinic at 1525 W. 21st South and said he was “stiff and having difficulty breathing” when he woke up from a nap, according to the Deseret News.
Efrain, who was born on April 2, 1988, was conveyed to Primary Children’s Medical Center, where he died two days later, on Nov. 30, 1988.
“The medical examiner had never given a cause of death for the infant,” homicide detective Jerry Mendez said in 1989. “The injuries sustained by the infant were not as obvious as most child abuse cases where the child dies.”
The Salt Lake City Police Department asserted that they are not releasing Efrain’s cause of death to the public due to investigative purposes.
They did, however, state that his death is being investigated as a homicide.
According to a 1988 report, Efrain may have died after being violently shaken, as he sustained “extensive brain damage and retinal hemorrhaging.”
Efrain was interred several days after his death, presumably at the Larkin Sunset Lawn Mortuary in Salt Lake City, Utah.
His obituary stated that “he is loved and will be missed by many who survived: his parents; godmother and godfather; and his grandfather.”
There are little-known facts about the case, but an investigation into Efrain’s death continues.
Anyone with information regarding the unsolved murder of Efrain Ocampo is encouraged to contact the Salt Lake City Police at (801) 799-3000.