Remains Identified in Teton Valley Cold Case

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After missing for 15 years, the remains of Mike Carroll of Victor, Idaho have been identified. John “Mike” Carroll had disappeared in 2005 from Victor. Carroll was reported missing by his roommate after not returning home for several days. Carroll and his roommate worked together in Jackson Hole and regularly commuted to work. Concern was also raised as Carroll’s personal belongings, including clothing items, wallet, identification, and money were left at the home they shared. The Teton County, Idaho Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of then Sheriff Kim Cooke initiated searches near Carroll’s residence and also areas near Rexburg where Carroll would frequently ride his ATV. Initial search efforts were unsuccessful in locating Carroll at that time. Then, in June 2013, human remains were located by a cattle owner leasing property for his herd in a surrounding area. Initial investigation efforts by anthropological experts were inconclusive in determining the identity of the remains at that time. The remains stayed in the custody of Teton County, Idaho Sheriff’s Office. The cold case was reopened last spring, and last Thursday, the sheriff’s office was notified that the remains were positively identified through DNA analysis as those of John Michael Carroll. Notification to the deceased’s family was made on Monday. The investigation as to the cause of Carroll’s death remains active and ongoing.

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