MISSING: Runaway teen last seen near Dixie State University

SANTA CLARA — A teenager from Santa Clara, Stetson Jeppson, has been reported as a runaway juvenile by the Santa Clara Police Department. Stetson Jeppson has also been listed as a missing child by the National Database for Missing and Exploited Children.

Stetson Jeppson, 17, was last seen near Dixie State University on July 21 and is believed to still be in the Washington County area possibly staying with some of his friends in DSU housing, Stetson Jeppson’s father David Jeppson said.

“We just want him to know that his family loves him and would sure like him to come home,” David Jeppson said.

An “attempt to locate” has been issued and all surrounding law enforcement agencies have been notified, Santa Clara Police Officer Chad Holt said, including an alert through the National Crime Information Center database.

Stetson Jeppson, 17 - Missing | Poster courtesy of Audra Bennion, St. George News
Stetson Jeppson, 17 – Missing | Poster courtesy of Audra Bennion, St. George News

Stetson Jeppson is described as follows:

  • Height – 5 feet, 11 inches
  • Weight – 140 pounds
  • Age – 17
  • Skin color – dark complexion
  • Hair – black
  • Eyes – black
  • Distinguishing features – none

If you have any information regarding Stetson Jeppson, please contact:

  • Private Investigator Tiffany Clupp at 801-671-2567
  • Santa Clara Ivins Dispatch at 435-634-5730
  • David Jeppson at 435-619-2571

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12 Comments

  • The Rest Of The Story August 7, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    Hmm, if you loved your kid so much then why did he feel the need to run away from you?

    • ladybugavenger August 8, 2014 at 9:14 pm

      Well its probably because the kid is rebellious.

      • ladybugavenger August 8, 2014 at 9:16 pm

        Rebellion is not always bad…

  • Melissa August 7, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    Please don’t judge this family. Support and compassion are a better response than a cruel comment. I hope when you need help, you don’t receive help like this. Cfsimissing.com

  • arak August 7, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    This young man is well loved by his family so don’t assume he isn’t @the rest of the story. He is a teenage boy with hormones and thoughts going every which way. I can recall in had it all figured out at that age too. DONT JUDGE people make decision everyday that effect an entire family without realizing the impact it can have so have some compassion for his family please.

  • Just Saying August 7, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    Right on Melissa and Arak! The “Rest of The Story” is just offensive. I’m getting really fed up with all the remarks made by mean and hateful people.

  • Rejected him August 8, 2014 at 2:12 am

    So the family sent him away to a horrible place like DRA and he ran away, I don’t blame him at all … you abandoned him when he needed it the most and passed the buck off to some abusive school because you thought it would help him because what, he might have smoked or acted out? I don’t blame him for abandoning you guys and running away, hope you don’t find him until he turns 18.

    • Mean momma August 9, 2014 at 1:57 pm

      Where does it say in the article that his family sent him away to DRA? Am I missing something?

  • Melissa August 8, 2014 at 9:00 am

    What a cruel statement, Rejected Him. This family is trying everything they know to help their son. Please keep these malicious comments to yourself.

  • bob August 8, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Is this another one of those wannabe gangbanger kids?

  • Rejected him August 8, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    I know its hard to hear Melissa but what I said is true, the family abandoned him and passed the buck off, that place doesn’t help at all, just let him go – he’ll come back when he feels safe.

  • Missy August 9, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    Really. Hard to hear or simple ignorance on your part. It is about the child and what works best. If you’re personally involved with their family and have such a bad attitude, I would consider you an extremely bad influence and keep you away from my family. Anyway, he’s home safe and no longer at risk. I feel bad for you, however, I wish you health and happiness.

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