March 13, 2019
On Saturday, investigators from the Utah Attorney General’s Office joined detectives from several law enforcement agencies and personnel from the Utah Medical Examiner’s Office to discuss missing person investigations in Utah and assist in collecting information as part of the ‘Missing in Utah’ event hosted by the Salt Lake City Police Department.
The event was a first of its kind for Utah and was based on similar events in Michigan and Arizona. Missing in Utah extended an open invitation to the public to attend as an opportunity to open a new missing person case or add to an existing one.
Utah AG investigators were available to talk to people about their new or existing case, help search databases, and collect information that could assist people in finding their missing loved ones. In addition, the investigators directed people to NamUs, a national organization that helps resolve missing, unidentified, and unclaimed person cases throughout the United States. NamUs was able to collect DNA samples, dental, and/or medical records from family members which were entered into their nationwide database.
A Detective Sergeant from the South Jordan Police Department attended the event looking for his missing uncle. Due to his employment, he was unable to search the missing persons databases himself. Missing in Utah allowed the Detective Sergeant to enter his uncle’s information into the database and he was ultimately found alive in Arizona. Personnel were then able to reach out to the uncle and notify him that his family had been searching for him.
The Salt Lake City Police Department was joined by law enforcement from the West Valley City Police Department, West Jordan Police Department, and the Sandy City Police Department. Officers were available to take reports, gather information, and take identifiers from families of missing persons.
Missing in Utah will be held annually. We hope new information can help us locate loved ones we’ve lost.
Utahns who were unable to attend the event can call the Salt Lake City Police Department at 801-799-3000, or visit the NamUs website, at NamUs.gov.
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