Utah police identify mystery jail inmate

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Posted: Jul 26, 2011 10:18 PM
Utah police identify mystery jail inmate

By James Nelson

SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - Police in Utah identified a mystery man on Tuesday who was arrested on minor charges and sat in a jail under the name "John Doe" for over three weeks because he would not reveal his true identity.

A call from a family member resulted in the identification of Philip Todd Beavers, 60, from Farmington, New Mexico, Utah County sheriff's spokesman Lieutenant Dennis Harris said.

The family member identified Beavers, who left his home town on June 24, after seeing the photo Utah police distributed to the media in an attempt to identify their mystery man.

Beavers, who will not say why he refused to identify himself, had lost his job and taken a bus to Salt Lake City, Harris said.

He was arrested on July 1 by police in Provo, about 40 miles south of Salt Lake City, after he was accused of trespassing in a parking garage.

In addition to trespassing, he was also charged with failure to give information to a police officer and interfering with an investigation, all misdemeanor counts.

Beavers has maintained a pleasant demeanor while behind bars but his refusal to reveal his name prevented his release from the Utah County jail, Harris said, and sheriff's deputies spent hours trying to identify him.

The man acknowledged his identity to police after they confronted him with his name, Harris said.

Beavers' family is assisting authorities in arranging his release on $1,200 bail, in advance of a court hearing on the misdemeanor charges, Harris said.

(Writing by Alex Dobuzinskis: Editing by Cynthia Johnston)