Runaway Juvenile Now Reported Safe; Arrests Made


The runaway juvenile reported missing in Lapoint on Tuesday has been found safe. The Uintah County Sheriff’s Office asked the public on Tuesday night to be on the lookout for a missing 11-year-old that had been last seen in Lapoint around 6:00pm. On Wednesday, it was reported that the child was located and found safe. According to the Uintah County Sheriff’s Office, a tip came in on Wednesday morning and the child was found at a home less than a mile away and had been there for the duration of the search that had lasted about 16 hours. Multiple agencies assisted the Sheriff’s Office in the search through the night and morning until the child was located including Uintah County Search and Rescue, Ute Tribe Search and Rescue, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and even the Classic helicopter that flew over the area in the morning. The search included checking sheds, properties, and anywhere the child could have been. The location where the youth was eventually found had been among the properties searched for over 30 minutes, shares the Sheriff’s Office, and the adults there never indicated that the youth was in the home. After the child was located, Laura Moore and Jared Ekke were both arrested and booked into Uintah County Jail. Significant manpower and resources were utilized in the 16-hour search but in Sgt. Brian Fletcher’s words, “The amount of time spent is well worth it and getting the child home safe is worth it. Still, it clearly could have been resolved much more quickly and wasn’t.” Moore and Ekke were booked for Harboring a Juvenile and Obstruction of Justice.

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Kristin never planned to work in news radio but has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the news team at KVEL. Her love of literature and writing developed in high school which led her to study English Literature and Technical Writing at BYU. She received her BA in English from BYU in 2005 and studied at UVU in Orem for 2 semesters to become a Certified Technical Writer in 2006. Two months after completion she began her dream job of being a stay-at-home mom.  As mother of 2 energetic kids, she began writing from home for the KVEL news team in 2011 and considers it the perfect fit as a full time mom and part time writer.