Box Elder officials search for missing man

By Ali Monsen

Published 07/16 2014 06:30PM

Updated 07/16 2014 06:53PM

BOX ELDER COUNTY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – Officials are searching for a 47 year-old man who disappeared ten days ago. 

Family members last heard from the man when he sent them photos near the Silver Island Mountain Range.  Brian Skinner works in Elko, Nevada but was on his way home to Tremonton, Utah.

"He had notified my little brother that he was coming," said Tricia Thompson, Skinner’s younger sister.  

Skinner even sent photos near the Silver Island Mountain Range that evening, but the father of two never showed up.

"Where do you begin to look?  I mean, yeah, we've got pictures, but what are these pictures telling us?” said Thompson.

Three days later—on July 9th—family members notified the Box Elder County Sheriff's Office.  Authorities sent officers out searching, but a week later, there are still no search and rescue crews involved. 

"It's up to the Sheriff,” explained Thompson.  “He's the one that makes the call, whether they call them out or not," she said.

Good 4 Utah reached out to the Box Elder Sheriff's department with Thompson…

"I just gave an interview with channel four because I want to find my brother," Thompson told them.

"Well,” said someone at the office, “we are doing everything on our end, but we're not willing to make a comment to the media because your family asked us not to," she said.  

Thompson says she is still confused why no one is publicizing this disappearance.

"His cell phone hasn't been used, he has not been on facebook, and his bank account has not been touched," Thompson said.  

Even more confusing—investigators were able to ping Skinner's cell phone near Hunter High School just hours before he sent the Silver Mountain Pictures. 

Thompson is asking for the public’s help.  Her brother drives a red 2005 GMC Sierra Crew Cab.  If you have seen Skinner within the last 10 days, contact the Box Elder County Sheriff’s Dept. 

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