Police looking for student recover bike
PROVO, Utah – Authorities searched mountain trails and the Provo River on Friday looking for a Brigham Young University student near where two people took a bicycle that may belong to her.Climbers airlifted by helicopter atop a 607-foot waterfall made their way down by ropes while checking every crevice. Divers searched a 10-foot-deep pool a few miles downstream as cadaver dogs sniffed a stretch of the river.No evidence of the woman was found by Friday evening, when the search was suspended until Saturday morning, Provo police Capt. David Bolda said.Authorities believe that 22-year-old Camille Cleverley, who enjoyed riding her bike in the rugged areas around Provo, may have parked it and hiked one of the many trails leading into the Wasatch Mountains. She has been missing for more than a week.Family members made a public plea for help Friday, and more than 100 BYU students and staff signed up for a door-to-door canvass of city neighborhoods.”We ask everyone to think back to where you were and what you may have seen or heard in the last eight days that may have possibly been related to Camille’s disappearance,” said her father, Joel Cleverley.Her mother, Susan, choked up while thanking volunteers.”Camille – if you’re out there – we want you to know we love you and we’re behind you in this,” said a brother, David Cleverley.A Texas man whose 12-year-old daughter was abducted and killed in 1997 arrived to help organize the community search.”The amount of time she’s been missing is of great concern,” said Bob Smither, co-founder of the Laura Recovery Center in Friendswood, Texas, formed after his daughter’s death. “We always remain optimistic.”A dam upstream at Deer Creek Reservoir was closed Thursday to lower the river and check for any sign of Cleverley. Officers found no other evidence, police Lt. John Geyerman said.”We don’t know if she’s here. All we have to go on is a bicycle,” he said.The bike was turned in by two people who admitted they had snatched it Saturday after finding it locked to a rack at Bridal Veil Falls along the Provo River, Geyerman said. The search was concentrating in that mountainous area even as police worked to confirm that the bicycle was Cleverley’s.Cleverley, a senior from Boise, Idaho, was last seen Aug. 30. Her debit card was used the following day to buy doughnuts and fruit drinks at a Provo store. Police have said the buyer was a young woman but they couldn’t confirm it was Cleverley.Authorities have also questioned her boyfriend, David Sperry. He was cooperative and was given a “voice-stress analysis” test, said police Capt. Cliff Argyle, who is leading the investigation.”They really worked him over,” Sperry’s father, Dick Sperry, told The Associated Press. “But that’s their duty. They would do that with any boyfriend.” He said his son “loves this girl” and would not have hurt her.If Cleverley was abducted, brother David Cleverley publicly urged the perpetrator to release her – “if he has sensitivity and humanity.”
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