Utah County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue recovered the bodies of two teenage girls Thursday afternoon, who had vanished after swimming at Utah Lake on May 6.
According to multiple sources, the bodies of 18-year-old Priscilla Bienkowski and 17-year-old Sophia Hernandez were discovered by search and rescue crews early Thursday afternoon.
Bienkowski and Hernandez were initially reported missing the afternoon of May 6, after a fisherman answered one of the girl’s phones sitting on the shore. The mother of one of the girls was calling her daughter after not hearing from her for some time.
Utah County Sheriff Mike Smith held a press conference at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Lincoln Beach Marina to discuss further details about the case.
During the press conference, Smith said that a fisherman discovered the body of one of the girls “nearly” on the shore of Lincoln Beach at 1:45 p.m. Almost three hours later, the second body was discovered by a search and rescue plane flying over the lake near Goshen Bay.
The second body was discovered a half of a mile north of where the first tube was discovered, about 8.5 miles from where the girls got into the water.
“One of the most important things that I want to say tonight is, on behalf of the Sheriff’s Office and all of the volunteers and everybody that has helped through this, is express our sincerest condolences to the families of these girls,” Smith said. “This has been hard on everybody involved. I want to thank the families for their patience with us. I can’t imagine and never want to imagine what they’re going through.”
Utah County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Sergeant Justin Gordon said the hardest part of the search was battling the weather; however, the outcome of the search has left many of the individuals who searched the lake scratching their heads.
Gordon said crews were working the areas where the girls’ bodies should have been, but the pair were discovered 6 miles east of the area officials were focusing on.
Utah Lake is a dynamic lake with a significant influence when hit with wind, Utah State Parks Clean Vessel Act Grant Coordinator Ty Hunter said. The lake is about 96,000 surface acres but very shallow compared to others like it. The shallow nature of the lake can indirectly cause it to be more dangerous, he said.
“There is a large amount of complacency with the depth of this lake with those that may visit here,” Hunter said. “Even with the shallowness, this lake can turn from flat glass to extreme conditions that are out there in just a moment’s notice.”
The two girls were confirmed to have not been wearing life jackets at the time of their disappearance. Hunter said if the girls had been wearing a life jacket, the outcome of their trip to the lake could have been different.
When Utah County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived on scene the day the girls went missing, they discovered the girls’ personal belongings and one of the girl’s abandoned vehicle, Sgt. Spencer Cannon said.
The girls were suspected to have gotten into the water near the Knolls before 3 p.m. on May 6.
During the initial search, deputies discovered two pool tubes the girls were suspected to have been using 3.3 miles from each other in the reeds that line the shore of Utah Lake. The two tubes were found 5.2 and 8.5 miles south of where the girls were suspected to have been found.
After the girls’ disappearance, a heavy windstorm hit the area, creating large waves that trapped kayakers on the lake, he said. That night, wind speeds reached upward of 40 mph from north to south.
When authorities continued the search the next morning, water temperatures had reached 57 degrees, and the water remained choppy.
Since their disappearance, around 60 individuals from several law enforcement agencies have worked 60-80 hours each to locate the missing teens, including search and rescue volunteers, Utah County deputies, Department of Public Safety staff, Utah State Parks staff, and deputies from Wasatch, Weber, Summit and Sanpete counties.
Four helicopters and two airplanes were used to search the area from the air, while authorities also used 10 boats, side-scan sonar, and 12 wave runners to search from the water, Cannon said.
Authorities reduced their search efforts on Utah Lake on Sunday to pursue other avenues.
“If the girls are in the water, this is a recovery operation, not a rescue operation,” Cannon said in a previous interview. “If they’re in water, there is no chance that they’re alive.”
During their investigation, officials were able to obtain surveillance footage of Hernandez purchasing items from a Saratoga Springs Walmart before 3 p.m. the day she disappeared. Additionally, deputies had video of Hernandez parking her car to get into Bienkowski’s vehicle.
The girls had also been traveling to the Knolls at Utah Lake on several occasions prior their disappearance, according to social media posts, Cannon said.
One person was shot and killed in Vineyard on Tuesday evening, according to Sgt. Spencer Cannon, public information officer with the Utah County Sheriff's Office.
Cannon said police do not believe the public is at risk, as officers have apprehended several suspects believed to be involved.
Police received a call through dispatch at about 6:20 p.m. reporting a home invasion in progress at the Concord apartment complex at Geneva 125 N. Mill Road on the third floor of one of the buildings.
During the course of that home invasion, there was one person who was shot and killed, according to Cannon. That person was still on the scene as of 8:15 p.m.
Cannon said police have "several people in custody," but could not give an exact number. He said two to four suspects were apprehended in Sandy by another police agency after leaving the scene of the incident and driving northbound. At least one other suspect was apprehended near the scene.
Police know the identity of the deceased and the suspects in custody but are not yet releasing that information to the public.
"We're going to be interviewing all the suspects to see who's playing what part in all of this," Cannon said. Cannon could not confirm whether it was the apartment's home owner who was killed.
The incident happened in the area of the front doorway of the apartment, Cannon said. Police do not yet know how many people live in the single-level apartment.
"We don't know the connection between the people trying to break in and the person(s) in the apartment or the motivation," Cannon said, adding that police have some ideas and leads, but nothing is confirmed.
Cannon said police are hopeful to get insights from possible surveillance video in the vicinity.
Police do not yet know details about the weapon used to kill the deceased, nor the number of shots fired.
As of Tuesday evening, crime scene techs were processing the scene and all detectives were on board chasing down leads and getting information about any connection between the two parties or what their motivation might have been, and interviewing witnesses, according to Cannon.
Cannon said some residents living in the same complex where the incident occured are temporarily displaced as the investigation continues.
"When you have things like this where people's family lives are challenged — and when I say family lives I'm talking about relationships between husbands and wives, or partners, and children and job status and finances — we typically do see an uptick in say burglary or theft."
This is a breaking news story and will be updated when more information becomes available.
It’s been a winding road for Quincy Lewis in recent years.
After winning seven state championships and one national championship as the head coach of the Lone Peak boys basketball team, Lewis joined the BYU men’s basketball program as an assistant.
His most recent stop was as the athletic director at Timpview but it felt like it would only be a matter of time before he returned to coaching.
“I’ve taken stock of where I’m at in the last year and I like being in the gym,” Lewis said. “Timpview was a great situation to be a part of athletics but I think I’ve got a little bit more coaching in me. I realized that if I’m going to coach, now is the time.”
That became official late Monday night when Lehi High School announced that Lewis would be the new head boys basketball coach for the Pioneers.
“Lehi has a proud and rich basketball history, and Coach Lewis is a great addition to that,” Lehi principal Doug Webb said in the press release. “We are really excited to have him join our faculty.”
Lewis said Sean Yeager, who had coached the Pioneers for the last few years, chose to step back into a different role and will help as a part-time athletic director at Lehi.
That meant there was an opening but the process took a couple of months before everything came together.
“This position opened up just about the same time that COVID-19 hit Utah, so it was kind of a longer process,” Lewis said. “I looked at a lot of different avenues. What I was looking for was a situation that I felt like was a good reset with a clean start, at a place that I felt had really good potential.”
He had also considered whether he wanted to return to the high school coaching ranks or go more toward college coaching.
“We looked at college things as well but you really look at what is going to be the best situation,” Lewis said. “This one was the best situation.”
He feels like Lehi has some great things going at this point. The Pioneers won Region 7 last year with a 9-3 record (13-10 overall) before dropping a heartbreaker to Park City in the first round of the 5A state tournament.
“Lehi has some positive momentum right now,” Lewis said. “They are a growing area. They have a new school. They won a region championship last year. You can see maybe what Lehi can be.”
He said he’s started putting together his staff and reaching out to the Pioneer players, although that has been more challenging because of the pandemic.
“It is an unusual time to get a job, that’s for sure,” Lewis said. “I’ve been able to talk to a few of the guys already and hope to talk to more here in the near future. I’m excited. The guys sounded great on the phone and I know I’ll be watching a lot of film, learning a lot more about them so we can be prepared when we get our first chance to get out on the floor.”
He said his message to Lehi players and the community is that the goals are going to be set high from the start.
“Our goal will always be to win the state championship,” Lewis said. “Our focus will be to get better every day. With those two things being said, we’re going to understand that working as hard as we can to develop those things goes hand-in-hand with developing the right kind of habits that can develop young men. That’s really the most important thing when you walk out of Lehi High. The things you can learn through athletics are hard to pick up somewhere else.”
He acknowledged that his past success means there will naturally be some expectations.
“I’ve always thought that you don’t want to be anywhere where there isn’t a level of expectation because that means that people want to do well,” Lewis said. “That’s where you want to be. I know that will be out there, but I’m going to jump into this and be focused on what we are doing each day.”
He said he feels like he’s always learning and hopes to apply things he’s picked up from his time at BYU, Lone Peak, Timpview and other places.
“You learn something every year,” Lewis said. “There are things to learn no matter where you are at. Hopefully what I can do is put all that together and try to do a good job for Lehi.”
Orem police arrested a woman late Friday night and booked her into jail early Saturday morning under suspicion of attempted murder of a police officer.
According to the probable cause statement, 27-year-old Samantha Bencomo of Nephi allegedly tried to hit an Orem police officer with her vehicle while fleeing the police after a hit-and-run incident.
On Friday, the owner of an Orem car dealership, Leiva Motors, reported to police that he witnessed a small pickup truck driven by Bencomo back up and hit a Jeep Wrangler for sale in his lot. He then reportedly pursued Bencomo until Bencomo pulled into the Fast Gas gas station at 1091 N. State St., Orem. That’s when an Orem police officer arrived on scene.
The car dealership owner flagged the officer down and told her of the hit-and-run incident; meanwhile, Bencomo backed her truck up and started to leave.
The Orem police officer approached the truck and gave verbal commands to stop, but the suspect allegedly fled from her, according to the probable cause statement.
A short time later, another Orem police officer observed Bencomo’s truck heading westbound on 800 North and stopping at the intersection of 800 West. According to the report, the police officer activated his emergency lights and he pulled the front of his vehicle to the front of the suspect’s vehicle in an attempt to stop Bencomo from fleeing further.
The officer, reportedly in full uniform and “easily identifiable as a law enforcement officer,” exited his police cruiser and gave verbal commands to Bencomo to stop. The report states Bencomo can clearly be seen in the police vehicle’s dashboard camera in the suspect vehicle, making visible hand gestures to the officer “in what appears to be an acknowledgment of his presence.”
According to the report, Bencomo then backed her truck up, stopped, then accelerated at a high speed toward the officer. As the officer moved to the side to avoid being hit, Bencomo reportedly changed direction of her vehicle, swerving toward the officer “in a clear attempt to run him over.”
The officer reportedly was able to jump to the side, but the front passenger side of the truck still struck him.
Bencomo then fled the scene westbound on 800 North and, a short time later, crashed her truck at 980 W. 1600 North in Orem where she was apprehended, according to the statement.
Bencomo was booked into Utah County Jail under suspicion of first-degree felony attempted murder of a police officer, class A misdemeanor failure to stop at the command of law enforcement, class B misdemeanor failure to remain at the scene of an accident — damage only.
An American Fork man was arrested Tuesday afternoon after allegedly inappropriately communicating with and sending images to a 14-year-old girl through his company’s work email.
On May 7, an individual with the Utah Kids Foundation contacted a detective with the American Fork Police Department after she received an email about 40-year-old Thomas Bennett Knowlton, according to the probable cause statement filed in support of the arrest.
The email alleged that Knowlton had been communicating with a 14-year-old girl, including sending the girl nude images of himself, through his work email account.
The email allegedly included screenshots of email threads that showed Knowlton sending nude images and speaking to the 14-year-old girl in a sexual manner, even after the girl told him she was born in 2006, according to arrest documents.
In several instances, Knowlton allegedly asked the girl to send him pictures and makes inappropriate sexual requests. Other attachments included timestamped links to photo albums of Knowlton that allowed officials to verify the sender’s identity.
Authorities contacted Knowlton’s place of employment, since the emails seemed to have been exchanged from a company account, and learned he was working from home and had been telecommuting since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.
According to the probable cause affidavit, a representative from the company at which Knowlton worked as a software engineer told officials Knowlton had been loaned company equipment to use while working from home, including a custom-built desktop tower, monitors, keyboard and other computer accessories.
The company’s email system was also web-based, allowing employees like Knowlton to access their emails from any device, including a computer, a cellphone and a tablet.
According to arrest documents, the investigating officer stated that he believed Knowlton had been scammed into believing he was communicating with a 14-year-old girl. Officers were given no further details about the girl and received no verification as to who she was.
Despite believing Knowlton had been scammed, officers asserted he still communicated with what he knew and believed to be an underage girl and participated in the exchange of explicit images.
American Fork authorities served a search warrant on Knowlton’s residence Tuesday, taking him into custody at his place of work. Knowlton refused to answer any questions and requested an attorney.
In an interview with Knowlton’s wife, she told officers he has been caught chatting with underage girls on chat apps, according to arrest documents. Knowlton’s wife also reported he had a problem with excessively viewing pornography.
Knowlton was taken into custody under suspicion of second-degree felony sexual exploitation of a minor and third-degree felony dealing in materials harmful to a minor. Officials also petitioned to have Knowlton charged with third-degree felony obstruction of justice after he refused to comply with a search warrant.
He was booked into Utah County Jail under $15,000 bail, but has since been released on bond.
When members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are allowed to return to their chapels for church services, they will notice a change to the foyers and other areas of the building.
In a letter released Monday by the First Presidency — the church’s top leadership body, consisting of President Russell M. Nelson and his counselors President Dallin H. Oaks and President Henry B. Eyring — they asked local leaders to ensure that the aesthetic feel in the foyers and entryways reflect an even deeper reverence for the Lord Jesus Christ.
This move supports Nelson’s call over the past 18 months to emphasize that “Jesus Christ is at the center of His church,” the letter said.
To that end, local leaders and facilities managers are to work as a team to assess the placement and unobstructed display of Christ-focused art in the foyers and main entries of each meetinghouse worldwide, the letter said.
Leaders can continue to choose from a selection of art that features the savior of the world provided by the church.
A document accompanying the letter includes the following five guidelines for a better savior-focused experience for those entering a meetinghouse:
1. Place existing artwork that depicts the savior himself or the savior ministering to others in meetinghouse entries and foyers. Examine existing artwork to ensure that it is appropriately framed, displayed and in good condition.
2. Move other artwork to another location within the facility or remove it altogether.
3. Choose replacement art, if needed, from the Approved Selection of Foyer Artwork (attached to the First Presidency letter) and follow approved sizes and quality standards.
4. Assess entries and foyers as part of an annual inspection to evaluate existing furnishings, artwork and finishes. Replace and update these items as needed to maintain a feeling of reverence for the savior.
5. Remove from the foyer areas distractions, such as display cases, bulletin boards, tables, easels, and damaged furniture.
Display cases have been a part of church foyers for decades and give information on meeting times and activities that may have occurred or display the names and photos of full-time missionaries serving from the congregation.
“In the Church’s temples, every furnishing adds to an atmosphere of peace, worship and reverence for Jesus Christ,” the letter said. “The same principle applies to the Church’s meetinghouses. It is in chapels that Latter-day Saints partake of the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper — bread and water that symbolize the body and blood of Jesus.”
This is “the most universally received ordinance in the Church” and “the most sacred hour of the week,” Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said last year. Everything that surrounds this rite, including the artwork people see as they enter the chapel, should contribute to what Holland called “an increasingly sacred acknowledgment of Christ’s majestic atoning gift to all humankind,” the letter said.
An Orem landlord is back in custody after being arrested the day before for allegedly assaulting his tenant.
According to the probable cause statements filed in support of the arrest, officers with the Orem Police Department responded to reports of criminal mischief at the residence where a domestic violence arrest had been made two nights prior.
The tenant involved in both incidents had contacted police after she returned home to find two of her car’s four tires had been slashed sometime between 11 p.m. Friday and 9 p.m. Saturday. The vehicle had been parked at the residence during that time.
When the woman noticed the damage done to her vehicle, she went into the residence that she rents a room from with her adult son to find her landlord and roommate with two other adult females before all three went upstairs.
The tenant let authorities into the residence where they made contact with 72-year-old Craig Hauzen. Hauzen allegedly told police that he thought he could stay in the residence because he owned it, according to arrest documents.
Officers spoke with Hauzen and informed him that because of previous charges involving his tenant that he could not be at the residence until a judge lifts the temporary protective order that was granted to her. Authorities stated that Hauzen had been told this at the Utah County Jail before being released on bail.
After clarifying the parameters of the temporary protective order, officers asked Hauzen if he was aware of what happened to his tenant’s car, and he allegedly told authorities that he had nothing to do with it. Furthermore, he added, his tenant had many enemies that could have slashed her tires.
Police took Hauzen into custody for violating the temporary protective order and conducted a search of his person. During the search, officers allegedly discovered a bag with two large rocks of crystal-like substance consistent with methamphetamine and a meth pipe.
Officers also reportedly witnessed the adult woman attempt to conceal a number of items while officers spoke with Hauzen, including a lighter, some cut straws with crystal-like residue, two meth pipes, a substantial amount of what appeared to be methamphetamine and several empty cut straws.
The two other women involved told police all of the suspected drugs and drug paraphernalia were Hauzen’s. The women told police that Hauzen had invited them over to participate in consuming illicit controlled substances and had pulled out the methamphetamine to prepare, according to arrest documents.
Hauzen was taken into custody under suspicion of second-degree felony possession with intent to distribute, class A misdemeanor violation of jail release agreement or court order, and class B misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
Two nights prior, Hauzen was taken into custody under suspicion of class B misdemeanor domestic violence assault after one of the tenant’s adult children called authorities requesting a wellness check on her mother. The tenant had told her daughter through Facebook Messenger that Hauzen had choked her and physically fought her, according to the probable cause affidavit.
When police arrived, they knocked on the door several times but received no answer. Having heard a male’s voice from a second-story window, the officers announced themselves and told the male to come open the door. The man allegedly responded, telling the officers he would, but never came to the door and the noises stopped completely.
Authorities continued to knock on the door for 45 minutes without a response but were able to contact the tenant by phone. The female tenant told police she was staying at a friend’s residence a few blocks away from their location.
According to arrest documents, the tenant told police she was in the first-floor bathroom around 7 p.m. Friday when her landlord and roommate, Hauzen, began to bang on the door and demanding she open it. The tenant said when she opened the door, Hauzen immediately grabbed her by the throat with his left hand and pushed her into the bathroom wall.
Hauzen allegedly continued to bang her head up against the wall and yell at her for allegedly stealing his dog. The tenant said she began to scream, which caused Hauzen to let go of her neck, allowing her to run out of the front door. Hauzen pursued her until reaching the front door, when he closed and locked it. The tenant then contacted a friend who came and picked her up.
Officials reported seeing minor abrasions on the corner of the tenant’s mouth and a “goose egg” on the back of her head, but did not observe any red marks around her neck, which the tenant and her friend had said were present for a brief time, according to the probable cause statement.
The tenant rents a room from Hauzen, living in a separate room from her landlord but sharing communal spaces, such as a kitchen and living room. Her adult son and young grandson also live in the residence.
The tenant also told police that her son and grandson were still in the house but that Hauzen was allegedly barring them from leaving, according to the probable cause affidavit.
Authorities located and detained Hauzen in his bedroom. Hauzen allegedly told police he and his tenant were arguing because she had taken his dog to the Humane Society but denied physically touching the woman or keeping the woman’s son and grandson from leaving the residence.
Hauzen made an initial appearance in Orem City Justice Court on Monday where he is being charged with class B misdemeanor assault involving domestic violence. His arraignment is scheduled for Wednesday.
He is currently being held at the Utah County Jail.
A Provo man was arrested Monday afternoon after fire crews reported to a fire at Branbury Apartments.
According to the probable cause statement filed in support of the arrest, Provo Fire and Rescue responded to reports of a fire just after 1 a.m. Monday at an apartment in the fifth building of the Branbury Apartments.
After addressing the report and assessing the scene, crews began to investigate the cause of the fire, discovering a burned towel in the bathtub.
Officials asserted that there was no evidence to suggest the source of the fire was accidental. In fact, investigators determined the cause of the fire was incendiary, according to arrest documents.
Three individuals were inside of the apartment at the time of the fire, and all three denied being involved in the cause of the fire.
Firefighters returned to the apartment after 4:30 a.m. following a report of flooding from the fire sprinkler system at the same apartment. When crews arrived, they discovered a pile of burned clothing and bedding in the bedroom of the one of the roommates who was not in the apartment at the time of the report.
According to the probable cause affidavit, the cause of the second fire was also determined to be incendiary with no possibility of the fire being accidental. Officials also reported evidence of two other fires in the same bedroom that were unsuccessful.
The three individuals present in the apartment at the time of both fires were detained and interviewed. In speaking with 21-year-old Logan Michael Russel of Provo, investigators learned the doors to the apartment were locked prior to the second fire, which implied one of the three individuals was responsible.
Russel allegedly told police he possessed lighters and a torch in his bedroom, but stated he did not start the fire and that he was with another individual in his bedroom throughout the entire night.
The individual did not corroborate his recount of the night’s events, however, and allegedly told officials that Russel had been with her for most of the night but would leave her alone in his bedroom for several minutes before each of the fires were started, according to arrest documents.
Through further investigation, authorities found messages on Russel’s phone, indicating he was not in his bedroom during the time the second fire was set, contrary to his initial story.
Russel was also the one who discovered the second fire, which he claimed he could smell; however, the other two individuals in the apartment were unable to detect a smell or any other evidence of another fire.
According to the probable cause statement, the fires were started in the room and bathroom of a roommate with whom Russel had recently had a conflict. Russel also told officials he was planning to move out of the apartment within the next few weeks to establish residency in Missouri.
Russel was booked into custody under suspicion of first-degree felony aggravated arson. He is currently being held at the Utah County Jail on $15,000 bail.
There are no leads on the disappearance of a prize calf that a south Utah County-based family believes was stolen directly out of their pasture last week, according to the Utah County Sheriff’s Office.
Palmyra resident Norman Banks, whose family raises cattle on a pasture just a quarter-mile east of their home, said he and his daughter first noticed the unique red and white calf was missing on Friday morning when they visited the pasture.
“We looked around the pasture and all around there,” Banks said in an interview on Wednesday. “There’s a drain ditch on both sides of it, kind of on the west side and the east side.”
After searching in vain for the 4-month-old male calf, which Banks said his kids were planning to enter in livestock shows next year, Banks concluded that someone had likely stolen the rare and valuable farm animal.
“It just came up missing,” the Palmyra resident said. “(We) didn’t see any blood or anything in the field and couldn’t see any tracks. But they sleep pretty close to the gate at night. I’m thinking somebody just had been watching and saw that little red and white calf — he had some pretty unique color to him — and somebody just snuck in there in the night and put a rope on him and drug him over, put him in their truck or trailer and took off.”
Banks said he monitors the pasture, which is located about 5 miles west of Spanish Fork, every day and “keep(s) a pretty good eye” on his cows, so the calf likely went missing between May 7 and Friday morning.
“I drive by that pasture every afternoon on my way home from work,” he said. “I drive by them slow and count them and make sure they’re all there.”
The calf was reported missing to the Utah County Sheriff’s Office on Sunday, according to Public Information Officer Sgt. Spencer Cannon. As of Wednesday afternoon, the Sheriff’s Office didn’t have any information on the calf’s disappearance.
“We have not been able to develop any leads in the case yet,” Cannon said in a text message.
Banks said he was shocked when he couldn’t find the rare calf since he has never had a cow or calf stolen off of his property before.
“And none of the neighbors ... close by us have had any calves ever stolen from them,” Banks added. “So it’s kind of upsetting to the neighbors and to all of us to have one just stolen right out of the pasture from you.”
It is rare for a cow to have distinct red and white markings, according to Banks, who estimated the calf is worth between $6,000 and $10,000.
“He costs a lot to replace,” said Banks.
But Banks said it was about more than money to him and his family, noting that his teenage daughter, who participates in 4-H and FFA programs, had “been wanting to get a red and white calf” and that the animal is “kind of special to us.”
“We’ve had several black ones and some black and white ones and never had a red and white calf,” he said. “So it was pretty special (that) we got a red and white calf, and he was a pretty good calf and my kids were planning on showing him (at livestock shows) next summer. After all the shows that got canceled this summer, they’re kind of sad. And then to have this happen just added a little more to it.”
Banks said he hoped that, if someone did take the calf, they would return it or give his family money for the rare animal.
“We’d much rather have the calf back,” he said. “The calf means more to us than money.”