SALT LAKE CITY - Authorities now appear to be treating the mysterious disappearance of three Utah men as a murder investigation.
However, Fox 13 discovered detectives have been quietly executing numerous search warrants and analyzing evidence.
Some of the warrants are sealed but what is available paints a gruesome picture of what may have happened to Danny "Kiko" Gallegos, Braden Emerson and Levi Collins last year.
A few days after they disappeared, a Chevy Tahoe was found abandoned in an industrial area in Salt Lake City.
Inside, officers found a "huge" amount of blood.
Warrants reveal there was a bullet hole in the read window and the seat belts had cut from the SUV.
Detectives then served search warrants for a Salt Lake storage shed Gallegos rented and a warrant for his home.
Authorities also got warrants for security video from the storage shed, Gallegos' apartment and took samples of dirt from the Tahoe.
In the meantime, a few weeks after authorities found the abandoned Tahoe, officials busted two men in a motor home, 27-year-old Justin Christopher and his father, Richard.
In the bust officers seized 14 guns, $70,000 in cash with notes written in Gallegos' handwriting and a Lamborghini that belonged to Gallegos.
Officials said Justin was Gallegos' associate who police identified as a drug dealer and a confidential informant for the FBI.
He was eventually indicted on money laundering charges for allegedly helping Gallegos launder drug profits through a jewelry store he ran with his father.
Friday Salt Lake police again declined to comment on this case.
Officials will not say whether it is officially a murder investigation or whether Justin Christopher and his father are persons of interest.
Richard Christopher remains in jail on a $250,000 federal hold unrelated to the missing men.
Justin Christopher is out of jail and awaiting federal trial in May on the money laundering charge.