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Father of abducted girl charged with assault

Father of abducted girl charged with assault



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BRIGHAM CITY, Utah (AP) -- The father of a Utah girl who was abducted in 1982 has been charged with assault for allegedly driving his pickup into a building after becoming enraged over the death of a duck.

Jeffrey Stephen Runyan was charged Wednesday in 1st District Court with aggravated assault, criminal mischief and several other misdemeanor traffic offenses.

The 55-year-old was arrested Dec. 22 after allegedly driving his truck into the side of a dairy office, then threatening people inside the office.

Runyan's daughter Rachael was 3 years old when she was abducted from a Davis County playground in August 1982. Her body was found near a creek bed in Morgan County nearly a month later. No one was ever arrested in her death.

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Information from: Deseret News with photo from Box Elder County Jail

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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