Pocatello Police confirm Downard Funeral Home case is a criminal investigation | Local News

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Pocatello police detectives confirmed Thursday that the investigation into the Downard Funeral Home in Pocatello is being treated as a criminal investigation.

Computers taken from Downard during their search were sent to a Boise forensic lab for examination, police say. Detectives will then investigate all documents extracted from these computers.

Pocatello police confirm that they are already examining several files recovered during their search.

“Officers emphasize that it will take time to analyze all of the information contained on the computers and files before they are presented to the Bannock County District Attorney’s Office,” Pocatello Police said in a news release. .

Police also said a body remains unidentified. Detectives await results from Ada County coroner’s examinations and DNA testing from Idaho State Forensic Science.

Detectives are also working with the Bannock County Coroner and the Idaho Professional and Occupational Licensing Division to identify unidentified cremated remains.

So far, police say they have received more than 600 tips and inquiries related to the case.

Pocatello Police thank the community for their patience as they continue to work on the case.

In early September, authorities found 12 bodies in various states of decomposition, along with 50 fetuses, inside the funeral home.

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