Breaking News from Smithfield Police/Cache County Sheriff’s Office

The Cache County Sheriff's Office and the Smithfield City Police have issued a news release regarding a 14-year-old girl from Amalga who was reported missing on Feb. 16, and found overnight with serious injuries. The Smithfield City Police will lead the ongoing investigation. 

<p class=”Body” align=”center”><span style=”text-decoration: underline;”><strong>PRESS RELEASE</strong></span></p><p class=”Body” style=”text-align: left;” align=”center”>Joint Investigation of Missing/Found Juvenile</p><p class=”Body”>Smithfield City Police Department/Cache County Sheriff’s Office</p><p class=”Body”>February 17, 2017</p><p class=”Body”>On Thursday, February 16, 2017, at approximately 6:30 p.m., the Cache County Sheriff’s Office took a report of a 14-year-old juvenile female from Amalga, Utah, that had not returned home from school. Deputies made contact with the girl’s parents and initiated a missing person report. Deputies discovered that the female had been in contact with family and had planned to be home about 4:00 p.m. Deputies spent most of the night making contact with acquaintances and checking addresses that the girl frequented. By about midnight, deputies ran out of leads and the girl had not been located. An attempt-to-locate was broadcast through Cache County and the missing girl’s information was entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database.</p><p class=”Body”>At approximately 12:45 a.m., the Smithfield City Police Department was dispatched to a report of a medical situation involving a teenage female. A young female had been located in a dry canal East of Sky View High School in Smithfield, Utah. Police learned that the identity of the female was that of the 14-year-old girl whom the Cache County Sheriff’s Office was looking for. Individuals familiar with the girl who were actively looking for her found her. The girl had significant injuries that required transportation to a local hospital. She was flown to a Salt Lake City area hospital for further treatment.</p><p class=”Body”> </p><p class=”Body”>The Smithfield City Police Department is now leading an investigation into the suspicious circumstances surrounding this incident. It is unknown at this time how the girl was injured or how she ended up at the incident location. Investigators from the Cache County Sheriff’s Office and the Logan City Police Department are assisting the Smithfield City Police Department. This incident is in the beginning stages of investigation. There is not enough substantiated details of the extent of the girl’s injuries and the circumstances of her discovery to release yet. Further information will be released as it becomes available.</p><p class=”Body”>This investigation is considered an isolated incident and there is no threat to the public. The name of the girl will not be released by law enforcement at this time out of respect of her age and the fact that this is an active investigation. </p><hr /><p class=”Body”><em>Note: will update this breaking story as more information becomes available. While identification and photos of the 14-year-old girl are circulating on social media,  along with speculative information, we have chosen to publish only the official news release at this time.  </em></p>

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