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Finding Lori Hacking

Posted - Oct. 8, 2004 at 8:37 a.m.



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In the week since the body of Lori Hacking was found, our community’s collective gratitude has only intensified for those dedicated volunteers who labored so willingly to find her.

It was Salt Lake City Police Chief Rick Dinse who said, “Most of society . . . cannot imagine how difficult a task this (was).”

No, Chief, we can’t!

There, amidst the stench and muck of the Salt Lake Valley Solid Waste Facility for a total of 33 days, police officers and firefighters and others, mostly on their own time, carefully sifted and raked and picked through thousands of tons of garbage.

They did it, as several commented, because they couldn’t bear the thought of a dump becoming the final resting place for the innocent victim of a tragic crime. They did it to help bring closure to the family of Lori Hacking and the rest of us. Less emotionally compelling, but still important, they did it to provide additional evidence for a murder case.

KSL joins the entire community, including those thousands of nameless volunteers who initially searched for Lori when she was first reported missing in July, in thanking those who spent their days at the landfill. It is a most notable example of public safety employees going above and beyond the call of duty.

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