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New information in cold case of missing woman leads to search in Jordan River

By Garna Mejia, KSL TV | Posted - Sep 15th, 2019 @ 10:05pm



SALT LAKE CITY — New leads in a 24-year-old cold case could help bring closure for the family of missing mother, Bobbi Ann Campbell.

On Sunday, volunteers and a team of divers searched the Jordan River near Alzheimer Park in Salt Lake City for Campbell’s body.

Hoping for answers, Campbell’s daughter Stephanie Farrell waited anxiously as divers searched the riverbed.

Farrell watched as they pulled out what appeared to be a carpet and a beanie, items that could indicate if 24-year-old Bobbi Ann Campbell’s body was hidden below.

“The rumor was that she was wrapped up in a rug and when they first said that they located something they thought that it was a rug and it is just really hard to hear that something really happened to my mom,” Farrell said.

Farrell was just 5 years old when her mom vanished after leaving her at a friend’s house to run errands.

“Nobody’s mom deserves to go missing and never be found or never have closure,” Farrell said.

New leads claim that Campbell accidentally overdosed at a party in December 1994.

“People panicked and disposed of her here in the river,” Farrell said, “The tip we had received is they drove over the bridge and they took her out and threw her in right over the top of the bridge.”

Last week, Farrell and volunteers went magnet fishing in the river and found several items including a set of keys and an earring with a dreamcatcher.

“We found a set of car keys, old car keys that possibly could be my mom’s because her car was found right over here and her car keys were never located,” said Farrell.

The family’s private investigator Jason Jensen said Campbell’s car was found a block and a half from the area about a year after her disappearance, in the fall of 1995.

“She was driving a 1984 Chevy Nova and we found a dream catcher earring at the same location,” said Jensen. “At the same location where she was known to wear dream catcher earrings.”

Today’s dive is a private search.

“If we do find remains our objective is to mark the location and call the police and have them do an official recovery,” said Jensen.

Driven by the bond she shares with her mother Farrell refuses to stop looking.

“Never, would you give up on your mom? I’m just hoping that if this is what happened to my mom, we can find her and bring her home,” Farrell said.

At latest update, Sunday’s search along the Jordan River in Alzheimer’s Park yielded no concrete results.

Garna Mejia

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