Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Search For Missing BYU Student Camille Cleverley Enters Its Fifth Day, Debit Card Used 24 Hours After Disappearance

This is Camille Cleverley. If you have knowledge of her whereabouts, contact Detective Sgt. Mark Crosby at Provo Police, 801-852-7241 or 852-6210

The search for 22-year old missing Brigham Young University student Camille Cleverley (pictured above) has now entered its fifth day, with no breaks in the case imminent. Additional reports available from the Deseret Morning News and the Salt Lake Tribune.

Cleverley is 5 feet 5 inches tall, weighs 110 pounds, and has blond hair and blue eyes. She was last seen on Thursday, August 30th, 2007, leaving her apartment and riding a purple and silver Schwinn Bike. She reportedly also had her wallet, but no cell phone with her. Her brother, David, says they have gone through her messages, but so far they have no new leads. She did have credit cards and a bank account, but there had been no activity on either of those. [Ed. Note: The Salt Lake Tribune story identifies the bike's colors as silver-and-lavender; the difference shouldn't be significant.]

However, KSL Channel 5 reports today that Cleverley's debit card was used on Friday August 31st at around 11 a.m, approximately 24 hours after she was last seen. The card was used to buy food at an unidentified Provo convenience store, but police are unaware if it was Cleverley who used the card. Unfortunately, there is no surveillance video of the transaction. This new development also regrettably increases the possibility of foul play.

Her brother does not believe that Camille intentionally left town, because she was scheduled to take a BYU Independent Study class exam on Friday and was also scheduled to report for work at BYU's Harold B. Lee Library on Saturday.

Students at BYU don't know how to feel; some are sad and some are even shocked. Student Rachel Fleming said, "I think it's really sad. I wonder what happened to her, like especially in Utah because you think it's so safe, you know. So to have someone go missing is pretty, like, shocking."

Marcus Henry, also a student, said, "It's interesting, and it always gives you a little bit of an eerie feeling just when somebody up and disappears like that. It's not something you expect, especially like I said, around here. Pretty calm campus. It's not something that happens all the time."

Investigators are pulling out all the stops, talking not only with the people who live at Camille's apartment complex, but with family, friends, and even casual acquaintances. Their efforts are augmented by more than 150 volunteers who have teamed up with her family to distribute close to 1,500 posters. BYU mass e-mailed all students to let them know about the disappearance and to ask for leads.

Additional volunteers are being mobilized to expand the search to include areas in Provo Canyon, specifically the Provo River Trail and Rock Canyon. Destiny Search, a group which mobilized to help in other major Utah cases, will also help coordinate searches in and out of state.

The family has also set up a MySpace website for further information.

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