: April 7, 2015 12:00 p.m.
In this week's Boise Weekly,
we visit the headquarters of the Idaho State Police crime lab in Meridian, meeting with the team of scientists who spend their days processing and identifying tens of thousands of pieces of evidence.
And while the bulk of our story chronicles the ramped-up efforts to process DNA from sexual assault evidence kits, we also coincidentally spoke with scientists inside ISP's fingerprint lab where one of the analysts told BW of their involvement in the investigation into the February discovery of a body near a trail of the Boise Foothills.
"You may remember the case of some human remains discovered in the Boise Foothills," said one of the scientists who asked not to be identified for security purposes. "It was pretty amazing. I hadn't been involved in something like that I've been with ISP for three years. The skin was quite damaged; the top layer was completely gone. But a piece of skin from one finger helped us identify the deceased."
And now, Ada County Sheriff's Office investigators say they now have reason to believe that 42-year-old Ronie Parrott may have been linked to foul play.
: April 7, 2016 11 a.m.
Ronie Parrott went missing in August 2015. In September 2015, the Boise Police Department said investigators didn't suspect foul play
in the 42-year-old Boise woman's disappearance, but had concerns for her safety.
In February, Parrott's remains were found by a hiker
in the Boise Foothills near a Bureau of Land Management gate. The morning of April 7, the Ada County Sheriff's Office called her death a homicide
According to a blog post
on the ACSO website, detectives have "several significant leads in the case," and are interested in speaking with anyone who was in contact with Parrott in the days leading up to Aug. 25, 2015—the day of her disappearance.
ACSO also revealed new details about the case: Parrott's remains were found by a woman walking her dogs on Sunset Peak Road, and Parrott's body had been in the foothills since late August. She was last seen at approximately 11 p.m. Aug. 25 at the Maverick gas station near the intersection of 27th and Main streets and at the Jacksons Food Store at the intersection of Eighth and Fort streets at noon the same day.
Anyone with information relating to the case is encouraged to contact the Ada County Sheriff's Office at 208-577-3723 or 208-577-3718. Information can also be sent via email to email@example.com.