FBI agents from St. George field office help bring missing girl found in Cedar City home safely

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ST. GEORGE — A 17-year-old girl who went missing near Gunnison High School Thursday was found safe in Cedar City Friday with help from Southern Utah University Police and agents from St. George’s FBI field office.

Lindsey Pearson, 17, was found safely in Cedar City after going missing | Photo courtesy Gunnison Valley Police Department, St. George News

Lindsey Pearson left work Thursday evening and went to the Gunnison High School Mormon seminary building to connect to the Wi-Fi to use a mobile app to make a cell phone call, at which point she went missing.

Upon investigation, police believe after making the cell phone call, Pearson rode her bike to the high school football field and met with an undisclosed number of adult suspects. She left her bike there and left in a vehicle with the adult suspects, according to a news release issued by Gunnison Valley Police Department.

Local and federal authorities, including FBI agents from the St. George and Provo field offices, cooperated to “navigate the complicated scheme the conspirators concocted,” the news release states, adding that Pearson was located after the suspects attempted to hide her.

Officers from Southern Utah University Police responded to an undisclosed location Friday at approximately 3 p.m. in Cedar City where Pearson was found safe in an off-campus apartment complex. She was returned late Friday night to family in Centerfield.

While the investigation is still ongoing, police have found several suspects in the Gunnison Valley area complicit in taking Pearson from her custodial parent.

So far one person in Beaver was arrested by Gunnison Valley Police officers, and further charges are pending for multiple suspects in Sanpete County.

Sanpete County Sheriff’s Office also assisted in the investigation.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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4 Comments

  • comments July 29, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    You’d think as mormon as cedar city is folks wouldn’t tolerate the place becoming such a cesspool as it has. Crime, drugs, etc etc. What is it about that place? And will we ever get more to this story. All these “Conspirators”, but the conspiracy is a secret? Could they be any more cryptic?

  • Foxyheart July 30, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    This is one of their typical articles. No one is named, no real story (except the girl is back home, yay!) and we will never know the outcome…..

  • Wolverine July 31, 2017 at 9:03 am

    You know you just cannot please everyone. Either people are complaining that the police are too quick to rush to judgement and assume they know all of the facts and invade people’s privacy by sharing details too soon, or they don’t disclose enough facts and won’t say anything. Ummm, perhaps there are several people involved and before releasing a statement, they want to actually get all of the facts from all of the parties and an accurate story of what happened, before releasing a statement about it. It’s called a police investigation people. The important thing that I can see here, is that the girl was found safe, she’s now with her family and really that’s all that should matter to the public.
    I feel that the voyeur in people seems to take over and gives you the “entitlement factor” in feeling you have to know all of the details in a situation that has nothing to do with you, and quite frankly, isn’t really any of our business. If there was no threat to the safety of the public, then you REALLY don’t need to know. I’m sure if it results in criminal charges, you’ll hear about it.
    Take your cyber rubbernecking to another story, be thankful that she was found safe, and let this family resolve these issues in private with the police.
    There’s plenty of drama filled fodder out there for you to latch onto.

    • comments July 31, 2017 at 12:44 pm

      Yes, but then we wouldn’t have the pleasure of hearing you whine and complain.

      😉

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