The unsolved 1975 disappearance of Nancy Baird from East Layton, Utah has long been attributed to serial killer Ted Bundy. KSL’S COLD podcast gained exclusive access to case files that point toward other more probable suspects.
Utah's death penalty law remains on the books after lawmakers turned back an effort to abolish capital punishment this month. But those same lawmakers might be surprised to learn the Utah Department of Corrections has already dismantled its death row. Now, thanks to the KSL Investigators and the COLD podcast team, we know why.
The Utah Department of Corrections has quietly ended a decadeslong practice of housing Utah State Prison inmates who are under sentence of death in maximum security, allowing the majority of them to move into medium-security cell blocks.
A prison informant told Weber County investigators in 2006 that Douglas Lovell, the man who'd killed Joyce Yost in 1985 to prevent her from testifying in a sexual assault and kidnapping case, had lied to police about the location of Yost's body.
The South Ogden police officer who for years led the investigation into the 1985 disappearance of Joyce Yost does not believe the man twice sentenced to die for killing Yost has ever been honest about the location of her body.
An audio recording of an encounter between South Ogden police Sgt. Terry Carpenter and Douglas Lovell is featured in the eighth episode of the KSL investigative podcast series COLD’s second season. The recording has not previously been publicly released.
A former South Ogden police detective who for years led the investigation into the August, 1985 disappearance of Joyce Yost said he believes Douglas Lovell, the man ultimately charged with and convicted of capital murder for killing Yost, might also have played a role in the unsolved disappearance of another Weber County woman.
The disappearance of Joyce Yost 10 days before she was scheduled to testify in a felony kidnapping and sexual assault trial left prosecutors in an unusual position. They faced the task of trying the case without a victim in court acting as the accuser and key witness.
Police and prosecutors had at least three opportunities following the April 3, 1985 rape of Joyce Yost to prevent the man who had sexually assaulted her from making good on his threat to return and take her life.
Spools of magnetic tape captured the voice of Joyce Yost on the morning of April 4, 1985. An audio cassette rolled as Yost offered a step-by-step account of her sexual assault at the hands of a man she’d never met.
When Dave Cawley decided to tell the story of what happened to Joyce Yost 36 years ago in the podcast COLD Season 2, he knew it would present very different challenges than he faced when he told the story of Susan Powell in the first season.
More than 35 years after a Utah woman was attacked, assaulted and then vanished, KSL's COLD podcast cracks open the case files to find out how prosecutors were able to convict a man for her murder – even though her body was never found.