Juvenile suspect arrested in Annie Kasprzak’s murder

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DRAPER, Utah -- Draper police announced Thursday afternoon the arrest of a 17-year-old suspect in connection with the 2012 death of a Riverton teen.

The juvenile was arrested Thursday morning in Grand Junction, Colo. and will be extradited to Utah.

Draper Police Chief Bryan Roberts said his department is confident that the juvenile suspect is responsible for the death of 15-year-old Annie Kasprzak.

"We are not looking for anyone else," Roberts said.

The juvenile was not identified, but Roberts confirmed he was a resident of Utah at the time of Annie's death.

Annie's parents reported her missing on March 10, 2012 and her body was found in the Jordan River the next day. Police said she had suffered extensive facial injuries. An autopsy showed the cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head.

A probable cause statement dated March 24, 2012 said police had received information from a witness that Annie had been assaulted during a party at the home of 31-year-old Daniel Ferry. The witness told police Annie was still alive, but unconscious, when she had been wrapped in a tarp and removed from the home by Ferry, 30-year-old Veanuia Vehekite and another male suspect who wasn't identified. The witness also said the three men returned to the home several hours later with blood on their clothes. Click here to read that probable cause statement.[PDF]

Vehekite and Ferry were both arrested in connection with Annie's death later that month. Vehekite was not charged and, in March 2013, police announced Ferry was no longer a person of interest in the case.

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6 comments

  • TheOtherBob

    Some parents would have questioned where their underage daughter was going, and who was going to be at the party. Daniel Ferry and his adult friends all sound like some kind of disease that little girls should avoid.

    • Stace

      Daniel Ferry did Not murder her. She was Never at his house. You shouldn’t comment on people that you know nothing about.

      • Bob

        A probable cause statement dated March 24, 2012 said police had received information from a witness that Annie had been assaulted during a party at the home of 31-year-old Daniel Ferry. You know something the police don’t Stace?

  • Bob

    She then went to Ferry’s home – a place a witness told police she had been before – with a man identified by warrants as ‘L.J.’ Vehekite was also present, the witness said. The same witness added that Ferry had made a sexual advance towards the girl, who laughed and said refused. He then ‘smashed’ her head against the wall, the witness told police.

    No doubt about it. Daniel Ferry is a genuine first class puke.

  • Tyler

    Kinda stupid they just dropped the charges on two suspicious looking 30 year olds but won’t hesitate to make an arrest on a 17 year old with such little evidence. Sounds legit

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