The brother-in-law of Bears Quarterback Jay Cutler has been missing in Utah for more than a week, according to a report by ABC News. Utah authorities are looking for Michael Cavallari after finding his 2014 Honda Civic abandoned in Grand County on November 27, the Friday after Thanksgiving, according to a statement released by the local sheriff’s office. Michael Cavallari is also the brother of Cutler’s wife, reality star Kristin Cavallari.
“Authorities have been searching for Cavallari, who is the brother of Kristin Cavallari, a reality television star and wife of cutler.”
Utah authorities confirmed the driver of the abandoned vehicle was identified as Michael Cavallari, who is a resident of San Clemente in California, after finding credit card receipts from a convenience store in Monticello, Utah, where they also viewed him in footage from the store’s security system. Grand County, where the vehicle was discovered, is located approximately 100 miles north of Monticello and 225 miles south of Salt Lake City.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, local authorities were first drawn to the scene when they received reports of an abandoned vehicle sitting off the side of the road in Grand County. Subsequent inquiries led them to the discovery that the vehicle belonged to Cutler’s brother-in-law Michael Cavallari and prompted a full-blown active missing persons investigation.
According to a press release issued by the Grand County Sheriff’s Office, Michael Cavallari’s car was found approximately 100 feet from the side of Floy Wash Road, which is roughly five miles south of exit 175 on I-70 in Grand County, between Green River and Crescent Junction.
Just over a week ago on November 23 Jay Cutler and Kristin Cavallari welcomed their third child together, a baby girl named Saylor James, who joins older brothers Jaxon Wyatt, 18 months, and Camden Jack, 3. Neither Kristin nor Cutler have commented yet on the disappearance and People reported that reps for Kristin did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
On Sunday, November 29, Kristin posted on Instagram to lament missing out on the 10-year reunion for Laguna Beach High School, stating she was too busy taking care of newborn Saylor James.
According to a report by Deseret News, Michael Cavallari’s car appeared to have “hit a large rock” on the side of Floy Wash Road and the car was found running with its airbag deployed when police arrived. Although police conducted a thorough search of the area, the driver was nowhere to be found, Sheriff Steven White told the Deseret News.
“We’re combing the area for anything we can find. We’re deeming it suspicious, but there’s nothing to indicate anything one way or another. The vehicle was just abandoned.”
Police also revealed that Cutler’s missing brother-in-law left his laptop and cell phone in the car, as well as the credit card Michael Cavallari had last used to make the convenience store purchase. According to Missing Persons of America, he is believed to have been trying to reach Illinois, where his sister Kristin lives with Cutler and their three children.
The Missing Persons of America website also learned from a source close to the family that they are “keeping the incident quiet” on purpose because of “how it would look for Kristin.” The leak reportedly came after the informant became frustrated that Michael’s disappearance had not been made public and decided to speak with the organization.
“The source decided to reach out to social network for help to get the word out. They started with sending a request to Missing Persons of America.”
Cutler was reportedly asked during a press conference after the Bears lost to the 49ers Sunday if the reports about his missing brother-in-law had affected his ability to play football, which he denied.
Jay Cutler was asked clumsily whether reports of his brother-in-law, Michael Cavallari, missing in Utah affected his focus. Cutler said no.— David Haugh (@DavidHaugh) December 6, 2015
Anyone who may have information about the disappearance of Michael Cavallari is asked to contact the Moab, Utah Police Department at (435) 259-8938 or the Green River, Utah Police Department at (435) 564-3474 or the Grand County Sheriff’s Office at (435)259-8115.
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