Could Missing Scout Have Been Kidnapped?

Could Missing Scout Have Been Kidnapped?

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Tonya Papanikolas ReportingAs volunteers search the mountain for Hawkins, a lot of public speculation has focused on the question, could he have been kidnapped? Missing posters are turning up outside of Summit county, just in case the boy might somehow be in the valley.

You can see Brennan's picture and information on some of the poles in Sugarhouse Park. Investigators say, so far they have no reason to believe Brennan was kidnapped, but this effort is being spearheaded by people just in case.

Police are dealing with Brennan's disappearance as a missing person's case, saying they have no evidence that any criminal activity took place. But they say until they know what happened for sure, they won't rule anything out and will investigate all possibilities. Detectives are gathering data and want to know who was in the woods when Brennan disappeared. Brennan's mom says she doesn't feel foul play was involved.

Jody Hawkins, Brennan's Mother: "I don't feel that there is. That's all I can go on, my gut instinct tells me there's not. I don't know more than that."

Dave Edmunds, Summit County Sherriff: "We have to work that angle, and we certainly are, and we're working that every bit as hard as we're working the search. But until we have some definite information or evidence that leads us to believe there is foul play, we're going to continue the search effort."

People can download fliers from Brennan's website at On that website, it says the effort is just to cover the possibility a kidnapping may have taken place, so it welcomes people to put up fliers at gas stations and grocery stores and around the state.

There was a concern in the beginning maybe Brennan could have crawled up in a car and the owners took off without knowing he was there. But family members and police told us they believe the focus needs to stay on the mountain search where they have the most hope of finding him.

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