'We're not going to stop': Parents of Anne Kasprzak keep looking for answers

Published: Monday, March 10 2014 5:50 p.m. MDT

Veronica Kasprzak, mother of Anne Kasprzak, talks about her daughter on the two-year anniversary of Anne's death on Monday, March 10, 2014.

Matt Gade, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — It's been a year since the parents of "Annie" Kasprzak made a plea for someone to step forward with information that would help police make an arrest in connection with their daughter's death.

On the eve of the second anniversary of the discovery of their daughter's body in the Jordan River, Dennis and Veronica Kasprzak again urged that person — or people — to stop hiding and stop keeping secrets.

"You will always be looking over your shoulder and wondering, 'Is today the day that my life changes forever the way I changed somebody else's life?' Because we're not going to stop," was the message Veronica Kasprzak had Monday for her daughter's killer.

On the morning of March 11, 2012, the badly beaten body of 15-year-old Anne Grace Kasprzak was found in the Jordan River. One of Annie's sneakers, which had blood on it, was found nearby on the bridge spanning the river near 12600 South.

Within a week of the discovery, Daniel Robert Lehi Ferry was arrested. Ferry was eventually sentenced to prison in an unrelated case, but charges in connection with Annie's death were never filed, and Ferry vehemently denied having anything to do with her disappearance.

Last year, on the first anniversary of Annie's death, Draper police announced they no longer considered Ferry a suspect.

Since last year, however, there hasn't been much reported in the media about the case. But Draper police said Monday the case is still "very active," though they declined to elaborate.

Since last year, family members and police have received hundreds of tips related to Annie's death, Dennis Kasprzak said. He continues to stay in contact with the police department, talking to them at least once a month either by calling or through email.

Both Dennis and Veronica Kasprzak remain optimistic an arrest will be made.

"It feels like we're so close at times and then so far away the next moment," Dennis Kasprzak said.

Difficult to move on

Annie's parents were divorced before she disappeared. Both have since remarried. They also have two sons in common.

In November, Dennis Kasprzak moved to Colorado — in part, he said, because of the stress of his daughter's death. There were too many "triggers" in Salt Lake County that conjured up both good and bad memories, he said, and he needed to make a "fresh start."

"It's been an emotional roller coaster the last couple of years," Dennis Kasprzak said. "It never becomes easier. Obviously life doesn't stop for you. You have to move forward, and you have to move on, and we have two beautiful boys who need us to do that. So you try to make everyday life as normal as possible, and those thoughts (of Annie) enter your mind daily."

Likewise, Veronica Kasprzak no longer lives in the Riverton home from which Annie disappeared. She plans to move again soon to be closer to friends and family in Weber County.

As much as she wants to move on and make life as normal as possible for her sons, Veronica Kasprzak said she is constantly reminded of her daughter.

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