No suspects in missing 5-year-old’s disappearance
July 19, 2006
The Salt Lake City Police Department had no suspects Tuesday in the disappearance of 5-year-old Destiny Anne Norton, who was reported missing Sunday from her downtown home, authorities say.
Norton is described as 3 feet 6 inches tall, weighing between 45 and 50 pounds. She has shoulder-length, dirty-blond hair with green streaks and several silver front teeth.
She was last seen wearing only a long-sleeved nightshirt in her yard at 721 S. 500 East Sunday around 8:40 p.m.
"We’re still exploring every avenue in this case," Salt Lake City Police Department Detective Joe Cyr said during a telephone interview Tuesday. "We need people to come forward with information."
A $15,000 reward was being offered for Norton’s safe return or information that leads to the conviction of her captor, he added.
"We are treating this as a missing, endangered little girl," said Cyr, adding that 15 detectives were tracking leads Tuesday.
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FBI agents and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children also assisted in the search, he said, adding that roughly 30,000 notices were faxed to truck stops, convenience stores and other locations within a 600-mile radius of Salt Lake City.
"We are waiting to get leads and tips," Cyr said.
A tips hotline has been established at (801) 799-INFO. Tips can also be e-mailed to tipsforcash.com.
"Our community here in the Salt Lake area, and everywhere around Salt Lake, including Park City, we have a very good reputation of volunteerism," Cyr said, adding that searchers began looking for Norton in Salt Lake City Tuesday morning at Liberty Park.
Police are interviewing family members and "searching areas where kids could have fallen or where they could have accidentally got locked into," Cyr said.
Meanwhile, officers have had no follow-up contact with roughly 110 registered sex offenders who live near Norton and were interviewed, he added.
Summit County Sheriff Dave Edmunds said he had no reason to believe that the search would expand into the Snyderville Basin.