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Family seeks fresh leads in hunt for man, 18

Cedar City concert is set to raise funds to aid the search

The search for a missing southern Utah man has hit another dead end.

The family of Christopher Coan, 18, said police in Enoch, Iron County, were able to get hold of phone records from the Subway where the young man was working on the night he vanished. Police were looking seriously at a number with a 208 area code, in hopes that it was a clue to Coan's disappearance.

"It was a lady who left her purse at the Subway," Chris' stepmother, Shannon Coan, said Tuesday. "It ended up being nothing at all. That was probably one of the worst days of my life."

Frustration continues to build for the Coan family, who worry about what happened to Chris. He vanished after leaving his job Sept. 3 at a Subway restaurant near Cedar City. Police have classified the disappearance as "suspicious," but no one is sure if he was abducted or has run away.

"We are asking you to not only help us by not only being aware, but also by helping to spread the word of Chris," his father, Dave Coan, said in a video message on the Web site "If, by chance, you make contact with Chris, please let him know ... that we love him, we care about him, we're concerned about him and we just want to talk to him again."

The family also is trying to get access to Coan's MySpace page, to see if he had been corresponding with anyone. The Web site hasn't been accessed since Sept. 3 — the day he vanished — but friends have posted messages pleading for his return.

"You need to come back now Christopher, you've been gone far too long," wrote one friend. "We're worried sick. Please, come back."

A possible sighting has prompted the Juab County sheriff to look around Eureka, Shannon Coan said.

Coan is blonde, about 5-foot-6, 125 pounds, with blue eyes. He was last seen in his 1994 maroon and silver colored Chevy S-10 Blazer, with a temporary tag and stickers on the back window including a Grateful Dead bear, "The Beatles" and "The Wizz."

Meanwhile, a concert is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday in Cedar City to raise money for the search effort. Donations from the free concert at the Grind Coffee House at 19 N. Main will go toward the ongoing efforts to find Chris.