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Sandy police seek public's help locating 2 missing since camping trip in Juab County

By Carter Williams, | Updated - Oct. 11, 2018 at 7:02 p.m. | Posted - Oct. 11, 2018 at 10:18 a.m.

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SANDY — Police are asking for the public’s help in locating two people who were last seen and heard from last week while they were camping in Juab County.

Jan Pearson-Jenkins, 64, was last seen Oct. 4 and Cody Young, whose exact age wasn’t released, was last heard from Friday, Sandy Police Sgt. Jason Nielsen said.

Young messaged Pearson-Jenkins’ family on Friday and told them they got into an argument and he left her in the Silver City/Eureka area where they had been camping, Nielsen said. Pearson-Jenkins didn’t have her purse or cellphone and wasn’t appropriately dressed for the weather, according to Nielsen.

"It rambled on," Jace Pearson, Person-Jenkins' brother, said about the message. "It was 55 pages of text messages (that) basically talked about their crazy relationship."

He said the argument appeared to be centered around repairs she had hired Young to do at her mother's home.

Juab County officials checked the area she was last suspected of being and did not find her. Sandy police also haven’t been able to locate Young.

Pearson said his sister has struggled with substance abuse and mental health problems in the past. However, she typically wouldn't be out of touch with her family this long, which is why they contacted police.

Pearson-Jenkins is described as white, 5-foot-3 or 5-foot-4 and 130 pounds with short grayish-brown hair and walks slightly hunched over. She also has two 10-inch scars on her right arm, police said.

Young is described as white, 5-foot-5 with a slender build and in his mid-40s. Police say Young also has some facial hair and golden-brown hair that he wears in a ponytail. He also wears glasses.

Police believe Young was driving a dark-colored van with Arizona license plate CGA3392. The van is described as older, possibly from the 1980s.

Anyone who sees Pearson-Jenkins or Young or has any information is urged to call Sandy police at 801-568-7200 or at their anonymous tip line, 801-568-4636.

Contributing: Sam Penrod, KSL TV

Editor's note: Police initially said the van had Tennessee license plates. Officials later said the plates were from Arizona. This story has been corrected to show that change.


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