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Utah man wanted for child rape surrenders after faking own death

April 3, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Utah man wanted for child rape surrenders after faking own death

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ASSOCIATED PRESS — Utah authorities say a man who they suspected of faking his own death after he was accused of child rape last year has now turned himself in.

The Wasatch County Sheriff’s office says 37-year-old Ted Whitehead of Ballard showed up at the jail Saturday and reported to police officers he was wanted on charges of rape and child rape.

Law enforcement officials said Whitehead was taken into custody without incident.

He was initially charged with rape and child rape in April 2016 but disappeared after posting bail in Duchesne County.

Authorities said he told his mother he would kill himself by jumping off a bridge into the Green River.

Police later searched the area extensively without finding a body, though they did find his car, sandals and an empty whiskey bottle.

According to court records obtained by KSL, the victim and the victim’s mother told authorities they feared Whitehead was still alive and ‘capable of raping other young children.’

‘We proceeded with it as a missing persons case. We’ve suspected all along that he’s been alive,’ Lt. Jeremy Curry of Duchesne County told KUTV.

He added, ‘At this point, he’s refusing to speak with investigators.’

No attorney was listed for Whitehead in the court system.

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