Feeds

Utah cops baffled in case of mysterious anonymous cuffee

'Well-spoken ... just doesn't want to be found'

Boost IT visibility and business value

Utah cops are attempting to identify a man who's unnecessarily spent over three weeks in jail on three minor misdemeanor charges because he refuses to reveal his name.

The Utah John Doe's mugshot. Pic: Utah County Sherrifs OfficeThe 60-something, "fairly well spoken and educated" John Doe was cuffed on 1 July for "trespassing in a parking garage", Reuters explains. He could have secured bail by simply telling police who he is, but so far he's declined to do so.

The mystery perp has restricted himself to a few comments about how well he's being treated, and hasn't yet used a supplied phone card to call friends or relatives.

Lt. Dennis Harris of the Utah County Sheriff's Office explained: "He was very aware of what we were trying to do and he would not give us the slightest bit of information indicating where he was from or anything relating to his family situation."

Harris admitted: "This is really a strange case. He just doesn't want to be found.

"I've been trying to think from A to Z why he would want to stay here ... why he wouldn't give us any information. He either has to be wanted by some other state or he could be on some other registry or database that has not shown up."

He added: "I realize that sometimes people want to go to jail because they are homeless, have nothing, they are destitute. I've seen that over the years. I just don't get the impression that's the reason. He just doesn't want to be discovered by somebody."

Harris said he'd received plenty of calls relating to his anonymous guest, but they'd come to nothing. He did, though, suggest the matter might soon be resolved. In one conversation, John Doe did admit he'd need to secure his freedom to attend to unspecified business.

Harris concluded: "He said there was a point at some time that he would need to get out of jail. That's the closest I can find of what he wants to do. And that makes no sense to me whatsoever." ®

Boost IT visibility and business value

More from The Register

next story
MEN WANTED to satisfy town full of yearning BRAZILIAN HOTNESS
'Prettier, better organised, more harmonious than if men were in charge'
Cops baffled by riddle of CHICKEN who crossed ROAD
'Officers were unable to determine Chicken's intent'
Yes, but what are your plans if a DRAGON attacks?
Local UK gov outs most ridiculous FoI requests...
Drunkards warned: If you can't walk in a straight line, don't shop online, you fool!
Put it away boys. Cover them up ladies. Your credit cards, we mean
Why your mum was WRONG about whiffy tattooed people
They're a future source of RENEWABLE ENERGY
Murder accused DIDN'T ask Siri 'how to hide my roommate'
US court hears of cached browser image - not actual request
Chomp that sausage: Brits just LOVE scoffing a Full Monty
Sales of traditional brekkie foods soar as hungry folk get their mitts greasy
prev story

Whitepapers

Best practices for enterprise data
Discussing how technology providers have innovated in order to solve new challenges, creating a new framework for enterprise data.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Advanced data protection for your virtualized environments
Find a natural fit for optimizing protection for the often resource-constrained data protection process found in virtual environments.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?