Family seeks closure; police seek killer

2 men cleared in teen's death after 'difficult' year

Published: Wednesday, March 6 2013 7:30 p.m. MST

As for the notion that a killer is still out in the public, "It makes you look at everything," he said. "It makes you work even harder. Hopefully you can bring some closure to the family. You just do the best that you can. Sometimes cases go unsolved. We hope in this case that's not the case."

Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill said while his office will assist any agency with a case, it will not direct an agency's investigation. Gill said his office had talks with Draper police in the early stages of their investigation, but prosecutors have never met with them to consider official criminal charges.

"We certainly entertained everybody's theories as we bounce ideas back and forth and our job is to have them looked at," Gill said. "We do not ever specially tell someone you should not be looking at this person or not look at that person. But we tell them if a certain area is strong or weak."

No more secrets

To try and solve the case, the Kasprzaks are offering a $5,000 reward. They are also starting a new campaign that they plan to launch at a vigil Sunday night for Anne called, "No More Secrets — Be The Change."

"Secrets can only be a secret for so long," Dennis Kasprzak said.

The family strongly believes that someone knows what happened to their daughter, and they think the one tip they need may come from Anne's peers. They believe a teenager — specifically a student from Riverton High School, Summit Academy High School or Oquirrh Hills Middle School where Anne attended or her former classmates are now attending — may have key pieces of information. They are hoping that either a student steps forward or parents will talk to their teens to find out if there is anything anyone is hiding.

"I hope they realize this isn't helping anybody to keep it a secret anymore," Veronica Kasprzak said.

Whoever may be withholding information could likely be carrying a heavy burden around with them, she said.

"They always look over their shoulder and wonder if someone's going to find out what happened until the secret comes out. And they're never going to be able to get any help," she said. "That person's life needs to change."

Even Ferry said he hopes the person responsible will be caught.

"It's too bad. That was just a little girl," he said. "There's somebody out there who's a killer who's still free, who is laughing at everybody and a little girl is dead."

The Kasprzaks say they are trying to move on for the sake of their four other children. But nothing "feels normal" to them any more.

"Sometimes you get into the habit of, 'I need to go wake up Anne for school,' or 'I need to figure out what she wants to do this summer.' You think about school shopping … and then quickly you realize you don't need to do that anymore and it's sad on a pretty daily basis. There's not a day that goes by that there's not a reminder," Veronica Kasprzak said.

"Regardless of what happens, and regardless of what answers we get, we aren't going to be able to bring Anne back," her father added. "Each day is difficult with that. So we want answers for her, we want answers for moving forward. Most importantly, we don't want to see anyone else get hurt.

"There is still someone out there that committed this crime and we do not want to see anyone else be hurt, even if it's that individual themselves."

E-mail: preavy@desnews.com

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