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A 45-year-old cold case disappearance of a teenage boy was reopened this week by the Salt Lake City Police Department.
“We’re just hoping somebody recalls something,” said Detective Cody Lougy, “or maybe somebody’s heart softened and they’ll call us and give us an honest tip.”
Reed Taylor Jeppson was 15 when he vanished on October 11, 1964. His older sister, Suzanne Jeppson Tate, said the family had just returned home from Sunday church services.
“He came upstairs and changed his clothes,” Tate, now 65, told CNN, “and started opening up some cans of dog food. I said ‘what are you going to do?’ and he said he was going to feed the dogs.”
Reed kept two German shorthair pointers in a kennel in the backyard, Tate added. “He said ‘I’ll be back’ and none of us ever saw him again,” she said. “The pain and anguish never go away.”
The teenager, who Tate described as exceptionally strong and happy, was last seen wearing a pair of blue Levi jeans, a white cotton shirt, gym shoes and a reversible parka. According to Det. Lougy, there were “some possible sightings of him but nothing came to bear.”
Advances in forensic science coupled with the creation of national databases for missing persons and unidentified remains prompted the decision to reopen the investigation.
“There’s a lot of things we can certainly do on this case now that we could not do back in 1964,” Lougy told CNN, “so we grabbed it and ran with it.”
Police are also counting on people to come forward with information. We’d like people to think back to the days and months surrounding Reed’s disappearance and remember anything that might be useful to our fresh investigation,” Lougy said.
Tate, who said her brother would be 61 on May 28, believes someone is hiding a dark secret.
“Whoever hurt my brother, and I know he was abducted, had to have been somebody 18 or older,” she said. “That person is probably around my age today and we’re not looking at a whole lot of years left.”
“We want this person to give us some resolve and closure if they are still alive. We want them to have their heart softened and their heart touched and to let us know where his remains are.”
Anyone with information on the disappearance of Reed Taylor Jeppson is asked to call the Salt Lake City police at 801-799-3000.
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