Utah Attorney General Investigators work with Multiple Agencies to Thwart Potential Homecoming Threat at Snow College
Oct. 1, 2014 – Utah Attorney General investigators working with the Ephraim Police Department, the Kane County Sheriffs’ Office, and Snow College Public Safety officers responded to a terroristic threat after an anonymous posting was seen on a website not associated with the College late last week. The post led investigators to information that those attending the Snow College Homecoming football game and activities could be in danger. A portion of the posting read, “Let’s just say homecoming this weekend is gonna go out with a bang.”
After local authorities assessed the overall threat, multiple agencies worked together with Snow College Activity Center and Athletics Department staffs to successfully execute a public safety plan for all attending the Homecoming activities. Using state of the art forensic technology and investigative techniques, officers then identified the individual who posted the potential threat and an investigation has been opened into the incident.
“Our investigators are a critical resource to localized police forces when problems arise that are outside of their regular scope of activity. We are pleased to have been part of this successful outcome and continue to seek ways to benefit agencies across Utah who find need for investigative expertise and support,” said Attorney General Reyes. “I particularly want to point out the excellent work of Special Agent Jessica Farnsworth and her team for responding and helping to resolve the threat.”
“We are happy to report that all Homecoming events were successful, and there were no public safety incidents. Through the persistent efforts of our Snow College Public Safety officers, local law enforcement officers, and the Utah Attorney General’s Office, the individual who posted the potential threat has been identified, contacted, and the investigation is ongoing,” said Snow College President Dr. Gary L. Carlston. “We extend our appreciation to Snow College Officer Derek Walk for his remarkable leadership in this situation. We also thank our employees, students, and the public for their support and cooperation during this time.“