Mayor Ups Reward for Elizabeth Smart

A second award is being offered in the case of missing 14-old Elizabeth Smart -- this one aimed at tipsters who want to remain anonymous.

Salt Lake City and the FBI are offering $25,000 for information leading to the location of the girl, dead or alive, or information that results in the conviction of those who took her.

That reward is separate from a $250,000 community reward for the safe return of the girl who was taken overnight from her bedroom at gunpoint on June 5.

The mayor's offer is designed to bring out an informant or accomplice who doesn't want to be identified, but can trade information for a code number and cash from an assigned bank.

Meanwhile, police are investigating several ex-convicts who did work in the neighborhood -- some in the Smarts' $1 million house.

Authorities returned to Richard Ricci's mobile home on Tuesday and confiscated several bags of belongings. They would not say what they took.

Ricci, 48, worked as a handyman for the Smart family a year ago. He received a 1990 Jeep Cherokee and cash under a contract he signed for painting and yard work for two or three months. He is being held on an unrelated parole violation.

Ricci has said he had nothing to do with the girl's disappearance, and that he was at home with his wife that night.

Investigators on Tuesday interviewed Douglas Rex Young, 51, of Sunset, an "associate" of Ricci's who is being held for a purported federal parole violation, said police Sgt. Fred Louis.

Young, who is being held in the Salt Lake County Jail, was picked up Saturday while trying to visit an inmate at the state prison in Gunnison, Louis said.

Young -- who briefly escaped from prison in 1993 while serving time for bank robbery -- pleaded guilty to a previous federal parole violation in 1997.

Police indicated Wednesday that they also planned to talk to John Russell Remington, 44, who with Ricci and Young did repair work last year on a house about two blocks from the Smarts' residence.

Remington, a convicted bank robber, has been in jail on aggravated robbery and bank robbery charges since Nov. 3.

Remington's lawyer, Steve Killpack, said his client was in jail June 5, the night of Elizabeth's apparent abduction, and had never worked in the Smarts' home, as Ricci did.

"A witch hunt is certainly understandable given the seriousness of this case," said Killpack, who was quoted in a copyright story in The Salt Lake Tribune. "But we should take precautions to avoid burning anyone at the stake merely to satisfy community frustration."

In another development Wednesday, more than 100 searchers combed remote terrain around Monroe Mountain in central Utah.

Ricci briefly lived in the area in late 1995 and early 1996, and Sevier County sheriff's deputy Charlie Ogden said it was possible that he might have a connection to a cabin in the area.

The search was undertaken at the request of the Smart family and nothing was found, Ogden said.