UPDATE: Body of Missing Boise State Student Found Near Idaho City 

click to enlarge - Sierra Bush, an 18-year-old Boise State student, was last seen Sept. 24. -  - BOISE POLICE DEPARTMENT
  • Boise Police Department
  • Sierra Bush, an 18-year-old Boise State student, was last seen Sept. 24.
UPDATE: Oct. 25, 2016 6 p.m.

Boise State University President Bob Kustra said the campus community is mourning the loss of one of its members, after the body of student Sierra Bush was discovered Oct. 25 in a rural area south of Idaho City. Bush, 18, had been missing since Sept. 24.

"Sierra Bush, known by many on campus as Simon, was an active and involved engineering and Honors College student who left an indelible mark on many students, faculty and staff," wrote Kustra. "It is difficult to lose any member of the Boise State family and our hearts go out to the Bush family and friends who are also mourning this loss. We stand ready to support those in need of services as well as to aid investigators in any way possible as they search for answers to this tragedy.”

Additionally, the university announced that friends and family of Bush will be gathering Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. in the Jordan Ballroom of the Boise State Student Union. Campus leadership is expected to reflect on the impact of Bush's death, and students and community members will also have an opportunity to share and connect with support systems. 

ORIGINAL STORY: Oct. 25, 2016, 2 p.m.

The Boise County Coroner has identified the body of a woman discovered in an outdoor location just south of Idaho City to be that of a missing Boise woman.

Boise Police report that the woman is 18-year-old Sierra Bush of Boise who had been reported missing since late September. Bush, a student at Boise State University, had been last seen Sept. 24 at a family home near Maple Grove Road and Goddard Street in Boise.

“Sierra’s disappearance has been suspicious from the beginning and this is a tragic discovery for everyone who knows her,” said Boise Police Sgt. Justin Kendall. “Every missing person’s case is initially investigated as being suspicious and Sierra was not the type to disappear without telling anyone. For weeks, our detectives have been following up on leads and our investigation is ongoing.”

Boise Police have launched a joint investigation with the Boise County Sheriff's Office and the Boise County Coroner's Office to determine the cause and circumstance of Bush's death. Police are also asking for the public's help in the investigation. Anyone with information is urged to call 344-COPS. Boise Police said they're particularly interested in hearing again from a person who contacted emergency personnel in Boise County Oct. 22 regarding the incident.

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