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Sandra Yi reporting Ten years ago today a Spanish Fork teenager mysteriously disappeared. Finally authorities are closer to solving the case. Sandra Yi talked with the girl's parents.
Elizabeth Smart's return two years ago inspired Richard and Tamara Davis to pursue answers in their daughter's disappearance. They wrote letters, prompting a joint investigation by police, the U.S. Attorney's Office and the FBI.
Now, a decade later, the investigation is leading somewhere.
Richard Davis: "We'd almost given up like nobody cared."
Every day the family of Kiplyn Davis clung to hope. Now, 10 years later, on the exact date of her disappearance, there's progress.
Tamara Davis, Kiplyn's Mother: "The timing is just-- I can't describe it."
Richard Davis, Kiplyn's Father: "I really honestly feel like we're going to get some justice out of this, I do."
Federal prosecutors think Scott Brunson, Kiplyn's former schoolmate, knows something. He is accused of covering up for a friend, who's a potential suspect. His may just be the first of several arrests.
Richard Davis: "There will be more arrests, I can tell you that."
Kiplyn was only 15 when she vanished from her high school. Her father thinks she went somewhere with other students. He has ideas of what happened next.
Richard Davis: "I think they tried to take advantage of her and killed her. I think she fought them off and things just got out of hand and they killed her."
But all the years of not knowing haunts her family most.
Richard Davis: "Did she suffer? That just wrenches my heart to think about that."
So he chooses to remember the good times.
Richard Davis: "She just had a bubbly personality. She was always happy, always."
Tamara Davis: "She was a good person. She was a good example to us."
Their greatest hope now is to put their daughter and this investigation to rest.
Tamara Davis: "I always have hope and faith that we will find her some day."
Richard Davis: "Where she's buried now is not the place she needs to be. She needs to be placed in the proper place, and bring a closure to this for us."
Federal prosecutors would not confirm pending arrests, but they did say they're close to getting to the bottom of this case. They are asking anyone with information to come forward, to Spanish Fork Police or the FBI.