SPANISH FORK, Utah (News4Utah) – Twenty-three years ago on May 2, a Utah teenager disappeared, but her family has never given up hope.

Friends and family gathered to honor Kiplyn Davis with a candlelight in Spanish Fork Wednesday evening. Kiplyn’s family and the community are still hoping to one day find her body.

On May 2, 1995, 15-year-old Kiplyn disappeared. Her classmates at Spanish Fork High last saw her around lunch time.
Her parents say soon they knew the terrible truth that something awful had happened to their daughter.

“I knew she was gone. I wasn’t like Ed Smart that had that feeling like Elizabeth was still alive,” said Richard Davis, Kiplyn’s father.

The vigil was held to honor Kiplyn and other missing people across Utah.  

After several months, police began to suspect foul play. Rumors swirled about where her body was buried, but her remains have never been found.

Timmy Olsen eventually pleaded guilty to manslaughter. Olsen admitted he helped move Kiplyn’s body to bury her but refused to tell authorities where.

Kiplyn would have been 38 years old today, but her friends and family say she’s in a better place.