Human Remains Discovered In Cavern May Be Those Of Woman Missing More Than A Year; Heartbroken Family Awaiting Positive I.D.

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April 16, 2019

A recent discovery in a Utah canyon may provide the answers to the mysterious disappearance of a woman who was last seen when she set out for a run more than a year ago.

Fox News is reporting, “The Utah County Sheriff's Office said in a news release a man contacted authorities around 8:30 p.m. to report he discovered the remains while climbing in American Fork Canyon near the Swinging Bridge picnic site, located about 30 miles south of Salt Lake City.”

The man said he’d never hiked in this part of the canyon before because it is so remote.

Without being specific, police are saying that the remains were found near personal items that were known to have been in 24-year-old Jerika Binks’ possession on the day she disappeared.

According to Fox13, “Binks disappeared on February 18, 2018, when she told her roommate at a Utah County treatment center that she was going for a run.

“Trail cameras picked her up as Binks ran down the Timpanogos Cave Trail, but that was the only sign of her.

“An extensive search of the canyon by Utah County Search and Rescue turned up nothing.”

Authorities are saying they do NOT believe foul play was involved and that the remains show signs of the person having been injured.

Sergeant Spencer Cannon of the Utah County Sheriff's Office was asked if he thought Binks took a fall.

"That's a possibility, that there may have been a fall involved," Sgt. Cannon said.

The remains were located on the opposite side of the canyon from where Jerika was seen on trail cameras during her jog. Sgt. Cannon did not speculate as to why Binks was so far from where she started out.

Considering where the remains were located, Sergeant Cannon said the odds of finding them would have been "almost impossible" had it not been for the hiker.

Though the report of the human remains was received on Sunday, the Sheriff's Office had to wait until Monday morning to recover the remains.

“The medical examiner will now determine the identity of the remains, and the cause of death.”

Please pray for Jerika's family and friends as they wait for the likely confirmation of their loved one's death.

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