'We're not going to stop': Parents of Anne Kasprzak keep looking for answers
"From, 'Yep, these are her earrings,' to 'These are the earrings she got me,' 'These are the ones she'd be borrowing with or without permission,'" she said. "When you see the teenagers hanging out. When you see the kids walking down the street. It's just that, as chaotic as it was sometimes, that's just the way it was supposed to be. It feels too quiet sometimes without her around. It's just hard doing all the things that we still do every day, and there's just boys in the house now."
Moving on has been made more difficult, Veronica Kasprzak said, because her daughter's death remains unresolved. It's also hard when others are constantly reminding her what happened, she said.
"Even at times when you're not expecting it, everybody brings up that connection," Veronica Kasprzak said.
She once attended a workshop for a therapist training session, and the person giving the presentation used Annie's story, not knowing her mother was in the room.
"(She said), 'I'll bet that girl who lived in Riverton that left her house never thought that this would happen to her.' And that was really hard. Because to everyone else, it's just a story. But it's still really personal for us," Veronica Kasprzak said.
"Even that basic question, 'How many kids do you have?' is a constant reminder. And I have to tell most people, 'I have three boys.' Because when people find out that don't know or don't make that immediate connection, they don't know how to handle that. You tell them, 'Oh yeah, I have four kids but my daughter was murdered two years ago.' They don't know how to handle that. And so you just end up carrying it by yourself," she said.
Dennis and Veronica Kasprzak said they believe the key to solving their daughter's murder will come from one of Annie's peers.
"We believe that's kind of the breaking point of this case, is knowledge that a peer may have shared with another about the case. That's what we're hoping. Or something they shared with their parents and they're worried about reporting their kids, something of that nature," Dennis Kasprzak said.
Veronica Kasprzak agreed that someone her daughter knew likely has the answers they're seeking.
On the night of March 10, Annie disappeared from her home near 12800 South and 2300 West. She was believed to be in her room doing homework.
Annie was last seen at 7:45 p.m. She was initially reported to police as a runaway at 8:43 p.m.
Veronica Kasprzak said her daughter would never have left the house unless someone Annie knew were involved.
"Annie, especially at night, would have never left the house unless she had a plan," she said. "Annie didn't do stuff on her own. She was as social as it gets for a teenager. She left to meet somebody. And whether it's the person she met with or somebody else that was there, that's who knows what happened."
Veronica Kasprzak said she's confident detectives working the case will find out what happened, and she encouraged the person responsible to surrender now.
"I would anticipate that if we can't move on from it, they can't either. They are always thinking about, 'Well, what if I said something? When will they find out? When will they catch me?' That's never going to stop. We aren't going to stop because it's hard, because that would be worse," she said.
There is still a $5,000 reward being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible.
Dennis and Veronica Kasprzak said they do not have any vigils planned this year in honor of their daughter. Instead, they plan to attend a Utah Jazz game and recall fond memories of how Annie would root for the L.A. Lakers just because everyone else in the family was a diehard Jazz fan.
At the bridge where Annie's shoe was found, someone left flowers and a note Monday.
Dennis Kasprzak said his daughter would have turned 17 in January.
"I'm sure she would have wrecked a car by now," he said with a laugh. "That's one of those things we just plan on. She didn't get to go to a junior prom this year. She didn't get to go to any dances with boys and date. She'd be getting ready to graduate this next year and getting ready to move forward in her life and become an adult. Her siblings miss her.
"You can't give up on your children. She's gone, but we're still here. Our resolve will always be to fight for Annie and make sure this case continues until it's solved."
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