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Police identify remains as Woods Cross woman missing for 31 years

FRUIT HEIGHTS — Remains found along a frontage road near U.S. 89 last month were identified Thursday as a Woods Cross woman who went missing more than 31 years ago.

Theresa Rose Greaves, 23, went missing in August 1983 after leaving her home for a job interview.

Greaves lived in a mobile home park near 900 West and 500 South in Woods Cross. On Aug. 5, 1983, she went to Salt Lake City for a job interview. She had reportedly planned to take a bus because she didn't have a car.

"It has been established that Greaves did arrive at Salt Lake City and called a friend from there at (noon), but she never returned home and has not been heard from again," according to The Charlie Project website, which profiles missing people from around the country.

Police suspected foul play in her disappearance.

Someone walking on the frontage road in Fruit Heights on Feb. 5 discovered a human skull and called police. The next day, investigators discovered clothing and other remains in the area. They suspect Greaves' body had been left higher up on the hillside, but was washed down the slope over time.

No details about the cause of Greaves' death or a medical examiner's findings were released.

Doug Lovell, who was once on Utah's death row for murdering a woman to prevent her rape trial testimony, was questioned about the disappearance of Greaves and another woman. But in an interview with The Associated Press in 1993, Lovell strongly denied any connection.

"I don't know either of these woman," he said from the Utah State Prison. "They're making me out to be a serial killer, and that's not the case."

When asked about Lovell's connection to the case, Davis County Sheriff's Sgt. DeeAnn Servey would not confirm whether police had reinterviewed Lovell.

The Utah Supreme Court allowed Lovell to withdraw his guilty plea in 2010. A new murder trial for Lovell began just this week in Ogden for the 1985 killing of Joyce Yost.

Greaves was originally from New Jersey and moved to Woods Cross when she was 18. Police have been unable to locate any of her living relatives, Servey said.

The Davis County Sheriff's Office and Woods Cross police are conducting a joint investigation into Greaves' death. Because the case is so old, investigators are asking the public to contact them if they have any information about Greaves at 801-451-4150.

"I know 32 years is a long time, but if anyone can remember, look at these pictures of Theresa," Servey said. "Maybe you saw her on the streets of Bountiful or the streets of Woods Cross, or maybe you've heard someone mention her name. Those are the kinds of details we need."

Contributing: McKenzie Romero

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