Search in missing teen cold case turns up nothing

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - Utah's oldest cold case is back in the spotlight. A tip prompted police to start digging for Reed Jeppson-- a 15 year-old who disappeared 48 years ago.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - Utah's oldest cold case is back in the spotlight. A tip prompted police to start digging for Reed Jeppson-- a 15 year-old who disappeared 48 years ago.

“Just tell us where he is,” Reed’s sister, Suzanne Tate, pleaded to reporters. Tate has been making this plea to the public since October 11th 1964. That was the day her Reed and his two German Sheppards vanished without a trace.

“He was a student at East High School, he was a sophomore he had just made the sophomore high school football team and he just made his first touchdown,” she said. “He was happy.”

New hope of finding the happy teen came Saturday when police say they got a tip to search a gully near Sugar House. “We lived not far from here, we lived a half a block from here,” said Tate.

Police won't say where the tip came from. “Because of nature of the case, I can't get into that specifically,” said Officer Josh Ashdown, alt Lake PD. “But enough of a tip that it was worth coming out here with some cadaver dogs and digging.”

Reed's case went cold with no tips for years. But two years ago Salt Lake City Police chose to re-open the case as part of National Missing Persons Week.

“This is hard for us because we also see the family with their hopes get up, but it doesn't matter how old the case is we will always exhaust every lead no matter how old,” said Ashdown.

“Anytime I hear there are remains found I'm on the phone,” said Tate.

After 48 years with no answers, Reed's sister hasn't given up hope.

“Somebody out there knows,” she said. “I know he wants to be found, it's just time.”

Saturday’s search turned up nothing.
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