For Immediate Release
Date: October 16, 2014
Earlier today Draper City Police Department, in cooperation with the Grand Junction Colorado Police Department, arrested a 17-year-old male juvenile for Anne Kasprzak's murder. The juvenile is being held at a detention center in Colorado and following extradition proceedings will be transported to the Salt Lake area. Those proceedings could take several weeks. The name of the juvenile is not being released.
The arrest is the result of an exhaustive, extensive and comprehensive investigation. During the length of the 2 1/2 year investigation, Draper City received assistance from the Salt Lake County District Attorney's Office, the Unified Police Department, the State forensic crime lab and others.
On March 11, 2012 at about 10:30 am, a jogger noticed blood and a shoe on a pedestrian bridge at the Jordan River. The jogger notified police of the suspicious circumstances and emergency services responded. A helicopter searched the immediate area and saw what they believed to be a human body in the river. Salt Lake County Search and Rescue responded. Anne's body was recovered from the Jordan River within the Draper City limits. Autopsy results indicated she died from blunt force trauma to the head.
For the past 2 1/2 years, investigators from the Draper City Police Department have worked tirelessly to identify Anne's murderer. Today, the Draper Police Department is confident they have that person in custody. Now they will focus their efforts to support the District Attorney's Office in their prosecution of the suspect.
"Today is a day of mixed emotions. We are encouraged at the prospect of justice. Justice for Anne, for the life she was deprived, justice for grieving parents who have lost their child, and justice for family and friends who have lost so much, and mourn Anne's absence each day. A life cut short by a selfish and brutal act forced upon her. We are all saddened by a life taken too soon."
Contact: Deputy Chief John Eining, Public Information Officer
(801) 576-6338 C. (801) 550-1963