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Police Meet With Missing Joggers Family

Police Meet With Missing Joggers Family

Posted - Jul. 24, 2004 at 11:39 a.m.



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If you wish to volunteer for the search, you are asked to go to the LDS Stake Center located at 142 W. 200 North in downtown Salt Lake. Volunteers need to be at least 18 years old. Please bring a Photo ID with you. SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Salt Lake Police Detective Dwayne Baird has been meeting this morning with the family of the missing jogger for over an hour.

The private meeting with Lori Hacking's family and in-laws is taking place in a priesthood room the L-D-S ward that is serving as search headquarters. It started immediately after the morning news conference ended, about 10:15.

Family members have been seen coming and going from the meeting, but a volunteer is keeping NON-family members out of the room.

Meanwhile, volunteer coordinator Chris Smart has given an overview of the search area being covered for the missing jogger.

He says it's moving out from Memory Grove Park, where Mark Hacking says his wife went jogging Monday morning before vanishing.

The search is radiating from the park into city neighborhoods, nearby industrial areas, and into canyons that rise form the city border.

The parents of Lori Hacking made more pleas for volunteers this morning Her mother and father, Thelma and Eraldo Soares (SWA'-rez) pleaded for people to continue to volunteer to search for their 27-year-old daughter.

Eraldo Soares urged residents to bring their families with them on the search during this Utah state holiday weekend.

"Come out and help us," he pleads. "We need you."

Thelma Soares said pages and pages of leads have been turned over to police.

She says one of those leads will help them find Lori, wherever she is.

Eraldo Soares says he met with Lori's husband, Mark, who has been hospitalized and medicated since he found running naked at a hotel early Tuesday morning.

He says they hugged and said they loved each other, but the rest of the conversation was private.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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