John Doe has been identified as Philip Todd Beavers from Farmington, New Mexico.
On Tuesday, July 26, 2011 the Utah County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a family member who positively identified “John Doe”.
John Doe was booked into the Utah County Sheriff’s Office on Friday, July 1, 2011. He was arrested by the Provo Police Department for:
1. Criminal Trespass
2. Failure to give information to a Police Officer
3. Interfering with an investigation
The Utah County Sheriff’s Office assigned the name of “John Doe” to the suspect that would not give his true identity. Numerous attempts were made by both City Police and Sheriff’s Officer personnel to ascertain the true identity of John Doe. We spent well over 100 man hours in responding to calls and investigating possible leads.
On Thursday, July 21, 2011 a press release was sent out to news media in an attempt to elicit help from the public.
The press release was picked up and sent throughout the United States in an attempt identify John Doe
The Sheriff’s Office received more than 100 emails from citizens throughout the United States. Families throughout the United States inquired as to whether or not we had one of their loved ones incarcerated in our jail.
Many of the names submitted for inquiry were: 1. Lee Harvey Oswald 2. D.B. Cooper 3. Frank Morris (escapee from Alcatraz) 4. Ray Gricar (District Attoney-Bellefonte, PA.) and many other missing people
Of course I am sure some people were just trying to be funny, but the vast majority of people were very concerned in helping up to identify the inmate currently incarcerated.
On Tuesday, July 26, 2011 the Utah County Sheriff’s Office received a phone call from a family member. He identified the photograph that had been posted with the press as Philip Todd Beavers. The caller said that Philip lived in Farmington, New Mexico. He indicated that Philip left Farmington on or about 24th of June 2011.
I know the press will have many questions as to the circumstances of his disappearance. The family has asked not to be identified, however they did indicate that Philip lost his job and could not find work.
I want to thank the Press for their quick response in assisting the Utah County Sheriff’s Office. We would like to thank all the wonderful citizens for their concern and input in assisting us. We truly believe without the Press and the help of citizens, it would have been difficult if not impossible to identify Philip.
This have been a very interesting experience for me as a Law Enforcement Officer of 32 years. My heart goes out to all the families who have loved ones missing throughout the United States. I have listened to many stories of lost loved ones and their attempt to reunite. I want to thank the press again for helping Philip reconnect with his family who have been looking for him.
Lt. Dennis Harris/ Public Information Officer/ Utah County Sheriff Office