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Missing Teen Farmer’s Family Asks Public To Stay Out of Investigation

The family of a 19-year-old Utah farmer missing since the end of May has asked the public to let law enforcement do its job and stay out of the way.

The Elko County Sheriff’s Office in Nevada posted the statement on behalf of the family of Dylan Rounds late Wednesday night:

“As a family, we are not asking for, or requesting any additional public searches for Dylan Rounds at this time. We request that everyone allow law enforcement to continue their organized investigation without any hindrance or interference, in order to avoid jeopardizing the investigation.
“We thank everyone for their continued support in finding Dylan Rounds.”

Rounds was last heard from on May 28 when he spoke with his grandmother by phone, as CrimeOnline previously reported. His boots were found on his farm in Lucin, but there has been no activity on his cell phone or bank account.

It’s not known why Rounds’ family contacted the Elko County Sheriff — the Box Elder County Sheriff’s Office is the lead agency in the investigation, but Elko County authorities said they have “open communications with his family and are still diligently assisting Utah authorities with this case.”

Rounds visited Montello in Elko County two days before he disappeared.

Last week, Rounds’ mother, Candice Cooley, had an attorney send a cease and desist letter to a private investigator who claimed in YouTube videos that Rounds fell in with the wrong crowd in Montello, a town of about 50 people some 30 miles from Lucin, according to KTVX. Cooley accused the PI of following “conspiracy theories and crazy accusations” based on information he did not collect himself.

Police have named no suspects or person of interest.

Rounds’ parents have offered a $20,000 reward for his safe return.

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