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Surveillance video shows missing man at SLC convenience store

By Whitney Evans, | Posted - Sep 2nd, 2014 @ 7:40pm


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ROCKPORT, Summit County — Surveillance video of a man reported missing Sunday shows him at a Salt Lake City convenience store hours after he disappeared, officials from the Summit County Sheriff's Office say.

Halden Efren, 20, of Micronesia, left a Rockport State Park campsite Sunday morning after arguing with a female companion, Summit County Sheriff's Sgt. Ron Bridge said.

Surveillance video taken from a convenience store near 150 South and 1300 West shows Efren was in Salt Lake City roughly three hours after he disappeared. Friends were able to positively identify him in the video, according to a statement from the Summit County Sheriff's Office.

Efren has been in the United States for a month and does not know the area well. Before Sunday, Efren had been staying with relatives in Salt Lake.

About 20 Summit County search and rescue workers and Utah Department of Public Safety helicopter looked for the man Sunday.

The Summit County Sheriff's Office took over the investigation Tuesday and released the information about the surveillance video sighting Tuesday afternoon.

The sheriff's office also received a report of a possible sighting of Efren Monday evening on I-80, heading toward Evanston, according to Summit County Sheriff's Sgt. Brad Wilde. By the time the worker received a full description, he was no longer certain it was Efren. It is unclear why the search and rescue worker did not stop the man.

Deputies distributed fliers near Evanston Monday evening to help locate the man.

"It appears at this point that Mr. Efren does not want to be contacted," Wilde said. "He hasn't come forward. I don't know if that's because he doesn't speak English or if he just doesn't want to be found."

Efren is described as 5 feet 5 inches tall, 170 pounds with brown eyes and short brown hair. He was last seen wearing a red T-shirt, gray shorts, sandals and a Chicago Bulls baseball cap. He was also carrying a backpack.

Anyone who has seen Efren or may have picked him up in the Rockport area is asked to contact the sheriff's office at 435-615-3500 or 435-615-3520.

Contributing: Jordan Ormond

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