Imagine you’re at work when you receive a phone call from an unknown number. Do you answer it? It could be a friend using a different cellphone or any number of other things. You decide to ignore it. Then the phone rings again, displaying the same unfamiliar number. This time you answer it – but what next? Well, when this happened to father Jeff Weber, he couldn’t have prepared himself for what he would hear. Indeed, it might just have been the worst phone call that he could ever have received.
Jeff Weber lives with his family in Ogden, Utah – a railroad town in what is, of course, a huge country. Now each year, 5 percent of the population fall victim to either violent or property-related crime. Yet despite Ogden’s high per capita crime rate, the Weber family never thought that they would receive a phone call like the one they did.
The Weber family seem just like any other, and likewise, Wednesday, April 19, 2017, started like any other day. Jeff’s 13-year-old daughter headed off for school while he went to work. But it was on this day, while the father was at the wheel of a HazMat vehicle, that he received the chilling call.