SMITHFIELD — Police took two people into custody Saturday following an investigation into an incident involving a 14-year-old girl found seriously injured in a dry canal bed.
Cache County Sheriff's Lt. Mike Peterson issued a prepared statement announcing the arrests but did not elaborate on the identities of the males nor the circumstances of their arrests. Peterson said details could not be "discussed at this time due to a follow-up investigation actively being conducted."
A press conference involving Smithfield Police Chief Travis Allen and Cache County Attorney James Swink is planned for Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 10 a.m. More information will be released at that time, Peterson said.
The 14-year-old girl was found in a dry canal east of Sky View High around 12:45 a.m. Friday. Authorities had been searching for her for several hours after her family reported her missing earlier in the day.
"The girl had significant injuries that required transportation to a local hospital. She was flown to a Salt Lake-area hospital for further treatment," according to an earlier statement from the sheriff's office.
Peterson said Saturday's arrests came after "the investigation eventually narrowed its focus on two male persons of interest," and questioning of the two "revealed that both were involved in the outcome of this case."
The 14-year-old girl involved has not been identified by the sheriff's office.
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