Palisades cold case investigation is still active

The Bonneville County, Idaho Sheriff’s Office announced last Wednesday they are continuing a cold case investigation at Palisades Reservoir.

In September of 2002, a man and his dog walking near Palisades Reservoir came upon what appeared to be part of a human skull.

Bonneville County Sheriff’s Deputies responded and searched the surrounding area, recovering additional pieces of a tailbone, pelvic bone, and vertebrae.

Pathologists examined the remains and concluded the partial skull most likely belonged to a male between 25 and 45 years of age.

The remains were substantially weathered, suggesting they may have been in the reservoir for 15 to 20 years prior to their discovery. Further DNA testing by the FBI revealed the skull and pelvic bone pieces belonged to the same person.

Deputies then researched past drowning cases from 1978 to 1998 where bodies had not been recovered and found one incident in 1980 in which four individuals drowned after their boat capsized about 100 yards from the shore.

Two of those victims were 38-year-old men and the other two children ages 7 and 10.  Although this accidental drowning has been a focus of the investigation, Deputies haven’t ruled out the remains belonging to victims of a separate crime or incident.

Since discovery of the remains, Deputies have continued to research other information that could help with the identification of the remains to solve this case.

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