Family of missing UTA worker pleads for public’s help

Posted at 7:54 PM, May 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-17 10:54:08-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- The family of a missing UTA worker, Kay Ricks, says they have received no credible evidence linking his disappearance to the kidnapping suspects in Centerville.

Until a solid lead pans out, they're pleading for the public's help.

Ricks was last seen Thursday near the Ballpark UTA station during his work shift. Someone found his cellphone on a TRAX platform and turned it into police.

Since then, the family hasn't seen or heard from the 63-year-old.

Family spokesman, Richard Massey, addressed rumors on social media that UTA police suspect Ricks' family may be at fault.

"Any other family members who are speaking or conjecturing or putting out any theories to what has happened should be ignored," he said.

UTA police won't say if they suspect foul play, but they consider his disappearance suspicious.

"He's a very dedicated employee, is one that is highly respected within the organization; this is very out of character for him,” said Fred Ross, UTA Chief of Police.

The maintenance truck Ricks was driving does not have GPS locator on it and police haven't said if they're looking at any surveillance cameras in that area.

"The UTA police department, we know for a fact has been working around the clock to do what they can and the family is extremely appreciative," Massey said.

Ricks is white, 5 feet 6 inches tall and 180 pounds.

He was last seen wearing a long-sleeve shirt, blue jeans and possibly a bright orange safety vest.

He was driving a white Ford pickup truck with Utah license plate 206886EX. It has a mounted equipment rack and is marked with UTA insignia.

As each day goes by, Ricks' family hopes he'll come back safely.

"They are not speculating on anything," Massey said.

If you have information, call UTA police at 801 287-3937.