Family holds vigil for murdered teen, offers $5,000 reward

Posted at 2:21 PM, Mar 10, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-10 19:42:13-04

DRAPER, Utah -- A vigil was held Sunday night to honor a Riverton teen one year after she was found dead in the Jordan River; her family is offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to the capture and conviction of those responsible.

The vigil for Annie Kasprzak was held at the bridge at Jordan River Parkway Trail, 12600 South 1200 West, at 7 p.m. Attendees held candles near trees where origami cranes had been hung.

The family has been vocal about their quest for more answers in the case, and this vigil is one way they are hoping to make people aware of their need for those with information about the case to speak.

Annie’s father, Dennis Kasprzak, said he believes that there are people out there who know what happened, and he wants the truth to come out.

“We’ve announced $5,000 reward to hopefully gain information and details into what happened that night,” he said. “We’re hoping that somebody in the public, a friend or family member, business member—anybody walking along the trail that night may have seen something that hasn’t been reported to police.”

Sherrie Couch, Annie’s grandmother, said their family wants answers.

“We remember that Annie was beautiful, and she was young, and we need to find out why she’s not with us anymore,” she said.

Annie Kasprzak was found dead on March 11, 2012. Police initially arrested two people, both of whom have been released--though one is currently serving time for an unrelated offense. Draper police only recently announced that they no longer consider Daniel Ferry a person of interest in the case.

For more information about the vigil, visit the Facebook page “No More Secrets-Be The Change.”