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She Dropped Her Child Off For A Sleepover, Then She Disappeared. Years Later, Cops Still Don’t Know Who Killed Her.

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Jul. 2 2022, Published 2:20 p.m. ET

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A Utah woman battling cerebral palsy dropped her child over for a sleepover, then she disappeared. After 10 years, her murder remains a mystery.

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Jenny Atkinson never gave up on her dreams despite suffering from challenges with cerebral palsy and overcoming drug addiction. The single mother of one and the second youngest of seven siblings was a student at Bridgeland Technology College in Brigham City, Utah, at the time of her disappearance and murder.

“From the beginning of her life, she was a fighter,” said her sister Sheree Thomas, according to Project Cold Case.

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On July 17, 2012, Atkinson went over to her mother’s residence to drop off her 12-year-old son for a sleepover. Then, the next morning, she never showed up to pick up her son and was not picking up her calls.


Three weeks later, anxious and concerned family members reported the 31-year-old missing. However, on Aug. 10, 2012, the victim’s body was discovered by some children camping and hiking at the Dock Flat Campground in Mantua, Utah. Later, authorities, with the help of a help and rescue team, retrieved Atkinson’s badly decomposed body from a very deep ravine.

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Investigators established there was no foul play that led to her death, and an autopsy report showed the cause of death was inconclusive due to the level of decomposition, reported ABC4.

However, family members disagreed and argued there was no way Atkinson, who had a severe limp due to cerebral palsy, would have made it to the site where her body was found on her own. Secondly, the victim’s father contended her daughter would never have driven her petite Toyota Scion to the campground.

Family members described Atkinson as an individual with an upbeat personality who loved Jesus and read her Bible often. In addition, she would do anything for a friend with a smile that lights up a room.

Anyone with ifnromation on Atkison’s murder is asked to contact police at (435) 734-3800.


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