Reed Taylor Jeppson

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Left and Center: Reed, circa 1964;
Right: Age-progression to age 60 (circa 2009)


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: October 12, 1964 from Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: May 28, 1949
  • Age: 15 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'6, 140 - 150 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Blond hair, blue eyes. Reed had braces on his upper and lower teeth at the time of his disappearance.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A white cotton knit shirt, a reversible parka with one side black and one side blue, blue Levi's jeans and sneakers.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Reed was last seen in his hometown of Salt Lake City, Utah on October 12, 1964. After his family returned from church, he went out to feed his two dogs and take them for a walk. He lived near Emigration Canyon, near 1400 South and 3000 East, and kept his dogs about 200 yards from his house. He told his sister he would be back within half an hour, in time for dinner. A friend saw Reed walking the dogs near the old St. Mary of the Wasatch building, near Wasatch Boulevard, at 1:00 p.m. Reed and both animals disappeared and none of them have ever been seen again. Both dogs were German shorthair pointers, one of them a puppy.

    Reed was a sophomore at East High School and a member of the school football team at the time of his disappearance. He left behind eleven siblings. His loved ones don't believe he ran away, as he wasn't having any problems and he left all his belongings behind at home, including money he'd earned from his paper route. Reed's family described him as a good student and a popular teenager with many friends in Salt Lake City and in Montana, where his family kept a summer home. One of his hobbies was training his dogs for bird hunting. Investigators stated there was no evidence of foul play in Reed's disappearance, but his case remains unsolved.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Salt Lake City Police Department


    Source Information
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    The Deseret News
    Utah Department of Public Safety
    KSL 5
    The Salt Lake Tribune


    Updated 3 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated August 16, 2013; picture added.

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