RIVERTON, UT – The two men arrested in connection to the murder of 15-year-old Anne Kasprzak have been set free, and the hunt for her killer(s) continues.
It’s been almost a year since Anne’s body was found in the Jordan river. She had been beaten so badly that she had to be identified by her scars, clothing and cosmetic dentistry. A search warranted described defensive wounds on Anne’s hands, and a pushed back fingernail.
She was last seen by her family the night before, after going into her bedroom to listen to music. At some point she sneaked out of the house and reported her as a runaway when her parents found she was not in her room and would not answer their calls or reply to text messages.
Before Anne left her home, she spent 30 minutes talking on her cellphone to people with unavailable phone numbers. Her family tracked the location of the Anne’s cellphone, noticing that it seemed to be moving slowly before quickening, as if she were in a moving vehicle. When they were no longer able to track the phone, they assumed the phone had died and continued looking for her into the early morning hours.
Daniel Ferry, 32, and Veanuia Vehekite, 31, were arrested a few weeks later based on information provided by a female witness who was set to testify against the two men. She claimed Anne was at Ferry’s house the night she went missing and that Ferry smashed her head into a wall after Anne laughed off his sexual advances.
She stated that Anne, who had been knocked unconscious, was carried to the garage by Ferry and Vehekite, wrapped in a tarp and then placed inside a vehicle. When the men returned to the home a couple of hours later, the witness said they had blood on their clothing.
The witness said she asked what happened to Anne, to which Ferry responded that she’d gone swimming and that “‘she put up one hell of a fight“.
Police went to Ferry’s home with a search warrant and noted it had been recently cleaned and carpet had been torn out. Both Ferry and Vehekite were eventually taken into custody and were being held on suspicion of first-degree felony murder.
But Draper police announced Wednesday that they had arrested the wrong men. Daniel Ferry and Veanuia Vehekite were cleared through an extensive investigation, police said. Ferry’s brother said their family has been traumatized and that he now fears for his brother’s safety, who was erroneously branded a child killer by police.
Anne’s mother, Veronica Kasprzak, said she is relieved that everybody is now aware that police are looking in a different direction in the case and that she believes someone is keeping a big secret. Anne’s family is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Anne’s killer.
If you are in the area, there will be a public candlelight vigil held for Anne on Sunday at 7 p.m. on the Jordan River bridge near the area of 12600 S. Jordan River Parkway Trail in Draper.
This case seemed like an airtight case, but just another lesson in being careful before lighting up the torches and sharpening those picthforks. I’m very interested in this female witness who gave police all the information that resulted in the arrest of these two men. Was she lying, as it seems, or could police just not prove their case? Whose got the dirt?
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