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It's been almost a year and a half, but the case of a missing Utah teenager may soon be getting a fresh look.

Christopher Coan was last seen working at a Cedar City Subway in September of 2007. He was 18 at the time. Now, investigators in the small city of Enoch are thinking of asking the Iron County Sheriff's Office for help.

Every single day, every single time the phone rings or there's a knock at the door, David Coan hopes it's his son. "As life goes on, you have your missing son in your heart all the time," he said. "You always think that: Don't move, don't change phone numbers, don't do anything like that because Chris might be trying to call us."

The Enoch teenager got off work on Sept. 3, 2007, and just disappeared. "All we can do is rely on leads," said Enoch police Sgt. Daniel Raddatz.

But investigators with the Enoch Police Department say leads have stopped coming in, which is why they're thinking of asking the Iron County Sheriff's Office for help.

"If you stare at a case for as long, as we have, you might be overlooking things. You get a fresh set of eyes on it, and maybe they see something you haven't for all this time," Raddatz explained.

At this point, Chris's dad just wants an answer, good or bad. "Whatever happened, we want to know what it is. We want, I hate to use the word ‘closure,' but we do want to know," David said.

In the meantime, David's friends help him. Lisa Groove runs a record shop in Cedar City, where Chris's missing poster and t-shirt are reminders he's still missing. "I can't imagine what its like," she said.

"We traveled the Southwest some ourselves, looking, talking to people. We've done what we feel we can do. Now, it's like waiting to see what more we can do," David said.

A private investigator is helping the family. There have been rumors of Chris being in Silver City, N.M., even Salt Lake City; but so far, nothing.

E-mail: acabrero@ksl.com

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