Detectives from three Salt Lake Valley police agencies and county prosecutors are evaluating evidence that could lead to arrests in a number of abduction and sexual assualt cases.
Salt Lake City Police Lt. Col. Ed Johnson said, "We're covering all the bases and working with all the people involved and hope to have something positive very soon."Investigators and prosecutors were scheduled to meet later Friday to discuss their cases and possible charges.
Seven girls, age 5 to 15, have been abducted this year. Most of them were sexually assaulted and two were beaten. Detectives believe that at least two men are responsible.
The latest incident occurred Oct. 3, when a 14-year-old Kearns girl was taken from her home. Her assailant attempted to assault her but ran when she screamed. A similar case was reported in Kearns in April
On May 11, a 7-year-old girl was abducted from her west Salt Lake City home and knocked unconscious. Another girl was attacked in Salt Lake City on June 13.
A 5-year-old West Valley City girl and a 12-year-old Salt Lake County girl were abducted at knifepoint on June 17 and July 9, respectively.
Police have suspected for some time that the crimes were the work of two men and have been pursuing leads for weeks. This week, their cases were submitted to prosecutors, who requested additional information before filing charges.
Johnson said, "We're working with the sheriff and the county attorney to bring this to a satisfactory conclusion."