Sunday, June 5, 2022

The Murder of Jenny Atkinson


Jenny Atkinson was at a turning point in her life during July 2012. At the time, the 31-year-old was living in Brigham City, Utah with her 12-year-old son. Jenny had recently completed a rehabilitation program after several years of struggling with drug addiction. After returning from rehab, Jenny enrolled in classes at Bridgerland Technical College. By all accounts, it appeared that Jenny was working towards providing a better life for both her and her son. Unfortunately, before Jenny's life could continue to progress, she vanished.

Jenny was last seen alive on July 17th, 2012, when she dropped her son off at a sleepover with friends. She did not return the next morning to pick her son up as planned. Over the next few days, Jenny's family members attempted to contact her, but all of their calls and texts went unanswered. She was reported missing by her father on July 23rd, 2012. 

A few weeks later, on August 10th, 2012, a group of kids spotted a body while hiking and camping at the Dock Flat Campground in Mantua. Police were called, and the human remains were recovered from the bottom of a steep ravine. The remains were later identified as that of Jenny Atkinson. Her vehicle, a Toyota Scion, was found parked a few hundred yards away.

Jenny's loved ones do not believe that she went to the location where her body was found on her own. The Dock Flat Campground is located up in the mountains. According to Jenny's father, the roads up to the campground are rough, and it seems unlikely that Jenny would drive her small vehicle there by herself. Additionally, it seems unlikely that Jenny would travel down the ravine on her own. Jenny had cerebral palsy and walked with a limp, so it is unlikely that she would be able to make it down a steep ravine. 

Due to her body's decomposition, authorities were unable to determine Jenny's exact cause of death. Police reportedly stated that her body had no obvious signs of trauma. Still, Jenny's death is being investigated as an unsolved murder.

Jenny's death caused many hardships for her family. Her loved ones are hoping to one day receive justice. If you have any information that could help solve Jenny's case, please contact the Box Elder County Sheriff’s Office at 435-734-3800 or submit a tip here.
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