John Cotharp appears in Sixth District Court

Published on December 06, 2017 at 01:09PM


The Spring City man whose four children were found in Lund, Utah this week after an extensive search made an initial appearance in Sixth District Court in Manti on Wednesday. John Alvin Coltharp is charged with first degree felony child kidnapping and obstruction of justice, a class A misdemeanor, because he refused to return the two boys and two girls to their mother after she was awarded custody in their divorce. Coltharp left the area with the children the middle of September and had been living in Lund. When Spring City police responded to a report of suspicious activity at their abandoned home in Spring City on December 1, Coltharp was discovered and arrested after he refused to reveal the location of the children. The boys were rescued after a raid at the grandparents living quarters in Lund, and the two girls were found after an Amber Alert was issued on Monday. Samuel Warren Shaffer, believed to be an associate of Coltharp’s, is being held in the Iron County jail on two counts of child kidnapping and four counts of child abuse in connection with the case.

Coltharp was assigned Paul Frischknect as his attorney, and he will appear before Judge Marvin Bagley next Wednesday for a preliminary hearing. He is currently being held on $50,000 cash only bail in the Sanpete County Jail.