Thursday, September 6, 2007

David Sperry, Boyfriend Of Missing BYU Student Camille Cleverley, Quizzed By Police As Day Seven Of Search Concludes

This is Camille Cleverley. She was last seen on Thursday August 30th between 5-6 P.M. riding a silver-and-purple Schwinn bicycle on 900 East in Provo, possibly wearing white shoes with lime-green stripes. If you have knowledge of her whereabouts, contact Detective Sgt. Mark Crosby at Provo Police, 801-852-7241 or 852-6210

The Deseret Morning News reports that David Sperry, the boyfriend of missing Brigham Young University coed Camille Cleverley, has been helping the police with their enquiries as day seven of the search for Cleverley winds down. Sperry's father, Dick Sperry, told the Associated Press that the police really "put his son through the mill", giving him a polygraph test (KUTV Channel 2 reported that Sperry was also put through a voice-stress analyzer). However, neither David Sperry nor anyone else are considered suspects or persons of interest at this time.

Note: National media coverage now by Fox News and ABC.

The interest in David Sperry stems in part from the fact that Camille Cleverley spent the summer living with Sperry's family. In addition, there was some unsubstantiated scuttlebutt published in the Provo Daily Herald that Camille was tiring of Sperry, finding him too clingy and controlling, and may have left her cell phone at home deliberately so she wouldn't have to talk to him. Also note that the Cleverley family have suddenly cropped photos of Camille and David Sperry together to remove Sperry from the photo, as in the photo you see at the top of this post. However, the latter step may be for unrelated reasons, and speculation to the contrary may be fueled by the emotions triggered by this situation.

KSL Channel 5 reports that the Cleverley family and Provo Police held a joint press conference this afternoon to discuss this case, and there is an increasing sense of foreboding. The Provo Police Department says this case has priority and all detectives are assigned to it. They interviewed everyone in Camille's apartment complex, to no avail, and they are also interviewing 60 sex offenders in the Provo area. The FBI is also involved, and BYU police have searched the campus and still no sign of Camille or her bicycle. In addition, Boise Police are involved in the investigations, as described earlier in this post. Police agencies are clearly considering the possibility of an accident or foul play more actively.

And the Cleverley family seem to be sharing that same sense of foreboding. Camille's brother, David Cleverley, who has really stepped up to the plate and functioned as a "rock" of stability, said, "I'd just like to speak to Camille if she has the ears to listen and the ability to hear us. I love her so much, and our family loves her so much, and this community loves her so much, and we miss her dearly, if she has the ability to come home. We'd like to speak to anyone who may have her, if he has any sensibility or humanity that he would let her go and come home to us."

And in yet another development, KUTV Channel 2 reports that the repeated questioning of several people, which they originally disclosed Wednesday night (September 5th), has apparently not provided any new clues or suspects. Speculation of new findings in the case arose Wednesday night, when authorities focused on the "Clean Getaway" car wash in Provo. Detectives sifted through many areas of the facility, including trash bins and drainage holes. Also, police said they had questioned two people late Wednesday night about Cleverley's disappearance -- and that they had agreed to take polygraph tests the following day. However, police disclosed today that the individuals were no longer of interest and would not be asked to take the tests.

Meanwhile, because Camille Cleverley was a known cycling enthusiast who enjoyed riding her bike up in the Provo Canyon area, law enforcement and search and rescue teams continue their meticulous search of the Provo Canyon area, looking in the more difficult areas of Rock Canyon, Slate Canyon, along the Provo River. Utah Lake is also being searched. One story in the Provo Daily Herald describes this process in greater detail. On Wednesday (September 5th), about 200 volunteers from across the Wasatch Front came out in rainy, blustery conditions to help with the search. They were required to check in with Trisha Mordecai of the Destiny Search organization and fill out two forms and show ID (this could prove useful since in the Destiny Norton murder case, one of the "searchers" was a neighbor who killed her in the first place).

And the terrain is no picnic, either. "You're really in the thick of it up there," said Jennene Allen, a resident from Lindon who participated in the search with her husband. Ron Parr, who came down from Salt Lake City to help with the search, agreed. "That's a rough country. That's wet and slick," Parr said. The significance of these remarks give credence to the possibility that Camille Cleverley could have ridden her bike up the canyon, met with an accident, and may be unconscious or semi-conscious and unable to move. I know from personal experience that the country is rough enough where I could easily walk past someone in that predicament without knowing they were there.

The first search party came back in mid-morning Wednesday with a little encouragement. They spotted a white shirt off the side of the trail, and came back to report it. There is no indication whether it belonged to Camille Cleverley. Throughout the day, groups found clothing and even a pair of shoes. Police investigated the shoes. Provo police Lt. John Geyerman said they didn't turn out to be connected to Camille.

A man came up to Mordecai's table asking if the searchers could use a helicopter pilot. Cody Ottley from Evanston, Wyo., is trying to log hours in the air. He heard about the search and came to see what he could do with the two-hour flight block he had scheduled for Wednesday afternoon. Officials sent him up to see if he could see anything and to get a picture of the area.

A group of students from East Shore High School in Orem came to search as part of their service corps class. Students want to be able to help Cleverley and her family. "If we find her, it might not be in the best shape," said 17-year-old Chad Cupp. "Hopefully she'll still be alive."

Volunteers will be combing Provo Canyon over the next several days from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Volunteers are welcome and are being asked to bring a picture ID. Volunteers can meet at Canyon View Park.

Donations are also welcome to help with the search. To donate, go to any Wells Fargo Bank and ask for the Find Camille account.

Recap: Camille Cleverley was last seen on Thursday August 30th between 5-6 P.M. riding a silver-and-purple Schwinn bicycle on 900 East near the Missionary Training Center in Provo. It's possible she was wearing white shoes with lime-green stripes. It's even possible she was wearing green basketball shorts. She also is believed to have her keys and wallet with her, but no cell phone. She also is believed to have her contacts, but no cleaning solution.

On Friday August 31st, a card identified as hers was used at a Crest convenience store in Provo. Since the PIN was used, many people believe only she could have used it. Whether she did it on her own, or under duress from a kidnapper is unknown. The Crest store only had dummy cameras, so there's no videotape.

When she failed to show up for a BYU Independent Study class exam on Friday and also did not show up for work at BYU's Harold B. Lee Library on Saturday, that's when the first alarm was sounded. Consequently, Friday is considered the first official day she went missing.

Prognosis: One always hopes for the best. But one must consider the worst. If we have faith and remember that mortality is just a brief pit stop on the highway to eternity, then we know that suffering, which seems to last an eternity in the dimension of time, is but an instance in the dimension of eternity. Here's what I believe may have happened:

1) Most Likely Outcome: She was riding in the canyon, had a mishap, and is incapacitated to the point that she cannot participate in her own search and rescue. The rough terrain makes it likely that people could pass by within 5 feet of her and not see her. She may have decided to take a quick ride up the canyon before showing up to take her test, and that's when the problem occurred.

2). Next Likely Outcome: Grabbed by some pervert as early as Thursday night. People in a hostage situation may willingly cooperate with their captor out of fear. If the convenience store clerk on duty at 11:27 A.M. on Friday could confirm Cleverley's identity and tell us if there was another person with her, this would be helpful. Or perhaps the clerk's already been helping the police with their enquiries and police are refusing to release the information for security reasons.

Police need to check AND re-check the neighborhood where Cleverley came from. Craig Gregerson, the killer of Destiny Norton, came from the same neighborhood where she lived, and when the cops visited him the first time in Juky 2006, he successfully bluffed them off the trail, even though he had Destiny Norton's body in his basement AT THAT TIME. Police also need to check the names of all those who show up to help with the search and compare those names against the list of known sex offenders.

Personal Note: I don't even know any of these people, and yet this story is starting to get to me. Guess I'm not quite the hardass I think I am.

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