Renewed search for Kiplyn Davis could go on for weeks

Published April 15, 2008 12:55 am
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PROVO - The latest search for Kiplyn Davis' remains, missing for nearly 13 years, is expected to take several weeks, according to the prosecutor handling the Spanish Fork teen's murder case.

Deputy Utah County Attorney Mariane O'Bryant said investigators are involved in preparatory work for a search in an area around Spanish Fork River Park in Spanish Fork Canyon. That's where Utah County Sheriff's deputies have been maintaining a roadblock and a command post since this weekend.

O'Bryant wouldn't give a precise location, but said: "It is in an inaccessible area and the landscape has changed . . . We are getting all the experts together and determining what it looked like 13 years ago."

Kiplyn, then 15, disappeared from Spanish Fork High School on May 2, 1995. Timmy Brent Olsen and Christopher Neal Jeppson are charged with her murder. They have also been convicted in federal court on charges they lied to investigators looking into Kiplyn's disappearance. Three other young men pleaded guilty to charges of lying.

County officials are focusing on the canyon after receiving tips. O'Bryant said investigators are also following leads on a possible burial site on farmland within the city of Spanish Fork.

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Kiplyn Davis case

* THE CRIME: A 15-year-old sophomore at Spanish Fork High School, Kiplyn Davis disappeared after her lunch break on May 2, 1995. She has not been located and is presumed murdered. The case stalled until 2003, when then-U.S. Attorney Paul Warner revived the probe.

* THE DEFENDANTS: Five men, most of them former classmates of Kiplyn, were indicted on federal charges that they lied during the probe. Three - Garry Von Blackmore, now 28; Scott Brunson, 30; and David Rucker Leifson, 31 - have pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing. Timmy Brent Olsen, 30, and Christopher Neal Jeppson, 31, were convicted of perjury in separate trials. Olsen was sentenced to 12 1/2 years in prison. Jeppson's sentencing is pending.

* MURDER CHARGES: Olsen and Jeppson have been charged with murder by the Utah County Attorney's Office; trial is pending.



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