Sergeant Doyle Reed Thorne

Sergeant Doyle Reed Thorne

Utah Highway Patrol, Utah

End of Watch Saturday, July 30, 1994

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Doyle Reed Thorne

Sergeant Thorne was killed when his helicopter crashed while he was searching for a two-year-old girl. After the girl was located Sergeant Thorne started returning to Salt Lake City when he radioed in a distress call and disappeared from radar. The wreckage was located three days later.

Sergeant Thorne was a Vietnam War veteran and had been with the agency for 19 years. He was survived by his wife, two sons, and two daughters.


  • Age 52
  • Tour 19 years
  • Badge 118

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident

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Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice will always be remembered by your law enforcement brethren. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 30, 2020

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