On Monday, the skull of a woman was found in the cellar of a Spanish Fork home in Utah by the resident. He was in the process of cleaning the cellar and removing items as he was preparing to move out of the house. According to the police, the human skull may be that of a woman who went missing in 1988 who is believed to have been murdered by her former boyfriend.
The Salt Lake City Tribune reported that the Spanish Fork Police Department said the resident, who lived at 80 North and 800 East, saw that the dirt was sinking in one area of his cellar floor. Spanish Fork Police Lt. Matt Johnson in said in a news release that last year, the resident of the house told the police that he was informed by a neighboring property owner that a woman who used to live in the residence had been reported missing. The sinking soil aroused the suspicions of the resident because he had heard about a woman who used to live at his house who had gone missing years before and had never been seen alive again.
KSL.com reported that the resident of the house was moving out when he decided to phone up a friend of his to help him check out a sinking area of the dirt floor in the cellar. The resident of the Utah home and a friend of his dug down 18 inches into the dirt of the cellar floor where they found a human skull wrapped up in plastic mesh and a blanket. At approximately 10:15 a.m., the men phoned the police to let them know about their gruesome discovery.
The woman who went missing in 1988 was Peggy Sue Case, 28. She also was known to go by the name Peggy Sue Ellsworth. Case lived at the residence with her boyfriend, Michael I. Kufrin. According to KUTV 2News, Kufrin was described as being a person of interest, in his girlfriend’s disappearance.
The last time that Case was seen alive was on July 9, 1988, in Paysun, Utah, where she and her boyfriend had gone to a hot-tub party according to former Spanish Fork police Detective Carl Johnston. The couple left the hot-tub party together, but witnesses said that there seemed to be friction between them, as Case was openly flirting with some of the males there.
That same night in 1988, Kufrin phoned Case’s place of employment and said she was not feeling well. The following day, Kufrin called his girlfriend’s employers again and told them she was buying a car in another town.
According to the news release, on July 15, 1988, Case’s co-workers called the police when Case still was not showing up for work. Initially, Kufrin told the police that his girlfriend was keeping in touch with him via her cellphone. Later, Kufrin stopped talking with the police about Case’s disappearance.
In 1988, police did some digging in the dirt floor of the Utah residence’s cellar. According to the Monday news release, they were unable to find any evidence about what happened to Case.
In October 1988, Kufrin was arrested and charged with attempted theft. He spent five years incarcerated in Utah State Prison. Following his release, Kufrin left Utah and returned to Illinois, his home state. Detective Johnston, who is retired now, said he called Kufrin’s mother and Kufrin every year, and Kufrin would typically hang up on him.
The skull of the woman discovered underneath the dirt cellar floor of the Utah residence in Spanish Fork was turned over to the medical examiner’s office. Case’s family hopes that an examination of the remains will prove they belong to their missing daughter, so they will have some sort of closure after so many years.
Kufrin’s current whereabouts are not known. He was released from prison in 1995. Case has been missing for almost 29 years. The news release said that an investigation by the Utah police is ongoing.
By John Samuels
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