On August 26, 1982, three-year-old Rachael Runyan was abducted in front of her siblings while playing at a park located directly behind the Runyan home in Sunset, Utah. 24 days later, the toddler’s body was discovered in Morgan County.
Despite Rachael’s case being featured on prolific programs such as Unsolved Mysteries and America’s Most Wanted, her killer has yet to be brought to justice 33 years after the murder. Since her daughter’s death, Rachael’s mother Elaine has become a strong advocate for missing children and today co-presents the Rachael Runyan Award in the State of Utah to reward citizens involved in resolving AMBER Alert situations (Utah’s version of the AMBER Alert system was formerly called the Rachael Alert before being renamed in 2002 to conform with other states).
The official Unsolved Mysteries website has posted a video update featuring Elaine speaking about Rachael’s story, which is available for viewing here or on YouTube at this link. Elaine also operates a Facebook page, Justice for Rachael Runyan.
Elaine kindly spoke with me on the afternoon of October 27 to discuss Rachael’s case, as well as her substantial involvement in missing child advocacy over the years.
Anyone with information on the murder of Rachael Runyan is encouraged to contact Sunset City Police Chief Ken Eborn at 801-825-1620.
(Photo courtesy of Justice for Rachael Runyan Facebook page)
Please click on the “Play” icon below to hear the interview: