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Parents wonder whether body found in ravine is missing daughter

By Anne Forester | Posted - Aug. 11, 2012 at 11:05 p.m.


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BRIGHAM CITY — Investigators in Box Elder County made a break in the case of a missing Brigham City woman that family members say brings them one step closer to figuring out what exactly happened to her.

Her parents describe Jennifer Atkinson as a happy person with a good sense of humor. It's a quality that's been missing from their lives for nearly four weeks. Atkinson was last seen July 17 driving her blue Toyota Scion.

Jennifer has cerebral palsy and because of her limitations her family was surprised to learn her car was discovered at Dock Flats Campground in Mantua. They say she would have never gone there alone.

"She's got a little xbox car and the road up there, the last turn is very rutty," said father Art Atkinson.

News that an unidentified body was found about 300 yards away from Jennifer's car brings on more questions than answers. Atkinson believes it is his daughter, although the Sheriff's Office has not made a connection.

"I feel it's probably Jenny," Atkinson said. "I'm wondering why her car was about 200 yards away from where she was and what is she doing over here in this deep ravine or she went over on her own or fell in or what. I don't know."

A family friend who frequents the campground also wants answers. Casey Crossman was camping the night search and rescue crews recovered the body from a ravine.

"Just the way everything went down, Crossman said. "Something fishy, something suspicious, I don't think it was an accident." The Box Elder County Sheriff's office is awaiting results from the medical examiner to determine the identity of the body and cause of death.

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