South Salt Lake police seek help locating man who went missing under unusual circumstances

Posted at 3:40 PM, Mar 05, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-05 17:40:21-05

SOUTH SALT LAKE – Police are asking the public for help finding a man who has not been seen since October and who was listed as a missing person in December, and the man vanished after he was found camping in an abandoned building about five blocks away from his apartment in South Salt Lake.

Police and family are searching for 60-year-old Curtis Crosby, who is pictured above and who is described as being a black male who stands 5-feet 9-inches tall and weighs about 200 pounds. The man is balding and may have a shaved head and may have a black and gray mustache and goatee.

According to a press release from South Salt Lake police, the last known contact with Crosby came when Unified Police Department personnel were called to an area and found him camping in an unoccupied building in Millcreek, located at 3949 South 700 East. The manager of the office building called police the next day to say that Crosby had gone but had left his belongings behind.

The man had his own apartment at 188 East Helm Ave. in South Salt Lake, and police aren’t sure why he would have been camping in an unoccupied building. In October, police gathered the man’s belongings and left them at his apartment.

Crosby is from New Orleans and relocated to Salt Lake City after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. Family members of Crosby were concerned when he did not contact them during the holidays in December, and at that time Crosby was listed as a missing person.

According to the press release, police “have no idea why Curtis Crosby would leave his own apartment and camp-out in an abandoned office building 5 blocks away. There are no known mental or medical conditions that would cause Curtis Crosby to change his normal routine and lose touch with his family.”

The man’s daughter traveled to South Salt Lake from New Orleans last weekend to search for her father, and after searching homeless shelters and hospitals she did not find him. Police ask anyone with information about the man or his whereabouts to call police at 801-840-4000.