Dad, Son Held in Kidnapping Now Eyed in Man's Murder

'There are some coincidences,' say cops
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted May 19, 2016 7:49 AM CDT
Dad, Son Held in Kidnapping Now Eyed in Man's Murder
Dereck James "DJ" Harrison.   (Sublette County Sheriff's Office via AP)

A father and son duo accused of kidnapping a woman and her four teenage daughters in Utah may also be linked to a murder. Two days after the alleged kidnapping on May 10, officials say a 63-year-old train maintenance worker vanished in South Salt Lake, about two miles from where Flint Harrison, 51, and Dereck Harrison, 22, were believed to be hiding out, reports the Salt Lake Tribune. Utah Transit Authority worker Kay Porter Ricks never came home from his night shift on May 12 and was found dead in Wyoming on Tuesday still wearing his work boots, reports the AP. His body—which had been there for days, per KSTU—was found off a dirt road about 120 miles from where the Harrisons camped after fleeing Utah, police say. His death has been ruled a homicide.

Police say there is no "hard evidence" linking the Harrisons to Ricks' death, but "there are some coincidences there that would be impossible to ignore as we continue to investigate." Though Ricks' cellphone was found on a train platform in Utah, police say his white Ford pickup truck was spotted by surveillance cameras in Wyoming, which might explain how the Harrisons traveled out of state. The truck has not been found, though officials plan to search two lakes with sonar equipment. A rep for Ricks' family says that "though Kay's body may be dead, they know he lives and that they will see him again," per Fox 13. Both Harrisons are being held in Pinedale, Wyo., where their bail is set at $750,000 cash each. (Read more murder stories.)

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