Families of 3 missing men search area where bloody, abandoned vehicle was found

Posted at 6:28 PM, Nov 05, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-05 20:28:27-05

SALT LAKE CITY -- Three friends linked to a bloody abandoned vehicle discovered in Salt Lake City remain missing, and on Wednesday their families spent the day searching the area.

The vehicle was found in the area of 1500 South Redwood Road, and family and friends of the three missing men expanded their search into the Jordan River as well as the surrounding neighborhoods Wednesday.

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At this point, there is still no information about what may have happened to Danny Gallegos, Braden Emerson and Levi Collins--who are all considered to be endangered, according to police in Salt Lake City.

The Gallegos family took canoes up and down the Jordan River, searching for any possible evidence. While in Rose Park, the girlfriend of Levi Collins placed fliers in the windows of local businesses.

The last anyone reported seeing or hearing from the men was on Saturday. The SUV the men were connected to was found Monday morning on 1500 south and Redwood Road. There was also a dog, in healthy condition, inside the vehicle.

FOX 13 News has been told that the dog belonged to Gallegos. The families are hoping the police may come up with some answers and soon.

"It is strange, and I've gone through everything and I just don't know,” said Aimee Cranfill, who is Collins’ girlfriend. “I thought of every scenario of what could of happened, and I just don't know at this point. It's been really tough thinking about that and wondering. I think the wondering is the worst."

Salt Lake City police are investigating damage to the SUV, which may have been caused by bullets. They are also testing the blood found in the SUV to see who it belongs to.

According to court documents, all three men have been arrested in the past. Most of those arrests were regarding drug charges. FOX 13 News asked the families about this, and they said they didn't want to focus on the past but instead hoped to focus attention on finding the missing men.