Joyce Yost is pictured in an undated photo. Yost was scheduled to serve as the key witness in the sexual assault case against Douglas Lovell when she disappeared in August 1985. | Family photo In a case of he said, she said, who is a judge or jury to believe when “she” isn’t actually there to say anything? 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. “It was the first time we prosecuted a rape case without a victim in the state of Utah,” former Clearfield police detective William Holthaus said. “We were pretty...
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‘Cold’: How a man was convicted of rape without Joyce Yost appearing to testify