Kiplyn’s Day: Community remembers girl who disappeared 24 years ago

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Kiplyn Davis

SPANISH FORK, Utah (ABC4 News) – On May 2, 1995, 15-year-old Kiplyn Davis left for school and never returned home.

Several suspects were arrested in connection with her death, including Timmy Brent Olsen who pleaded guilty to manslaughter in 2011 and lead investigators to different areas in Spanish Fork claiming he knew where her body was buried.

Olsen plea deal carried a one to 15-year sentence, which was served concurrently with a 12 and 1/2 year perjury sentence in the same case. 

Olsen also claimed that “someone else” hit Kiplyn Davis in the head on May 2, 1995, when he and a group of Spanish Fork High School boys took Davis to Spanish Fork Canyon. Olsen also claimed that another person moved and hid her body but has never disclosed who the “other person” was. 

Twenty-four years later and Kiplyn has not yet been found, but her family and the community hasn’t forgotten.

Spanish Fork Mayor Steve Leifson, who, is related to both Davis and one of the men convicted in the case declared May 2 Kiplyn Davis Day back in 2018.

“I can remember the day because every day I would call [her dad] in the morning and we’d go get a drink and a donut,” Mayor Steve Leifson said tearfully. “That was a tough day.”

Mayor Leifson said the day is to bring awareness to missing and exploited persons.

Kiplyn’s family said they are still being vigilant, hopeful, and praying for the recovery of her remains.

The community and students who attend Spanish Fork High School wore blue (her favorite color) Thursday to remember Kiplyn. 

You can keep track on the latest in the search for Kiplyn on the “Find Kiplyn Davis” Facebook page.

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