Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Death Ruled a Homicide - Suspect in Custody

Death Ruled a Homicide - Suspect in Custody

    Boise, August 8, 2007 - After an all night investigation, Boise Police Detectives have determined the death of a 52 year old Boise woman is a homicide. A suspect, the woman's apparent live-in boyfriend is in custody and charged with her murder.

    Arrested: Mark A. Peacock, 38, Boise

    Charged: 1st degree Murder

    What Happened: Just before noon Tuesday, August 7th, Boise Police bike and patrol officers received information through the course of normal patrol duties that led them to conduct a welfare check on a home on the 2600 blk of Madison (A welfare check is when officers receive information that someone may be in danger or in need of police assistance). 

    When officers arrived at the home on Madison they found a woman who was deceased. Detectives secured a search warrant to enter the home and immediately had questions about how the woman died. Detectives believe the woman died sometime within the past several days. Detectives say the woman has lived in the home on Madison for some time, possibly two years or longer.

    Suspect: Officers located a man described as the woman's live-in boyfriend Tuesday afternoon walking near 13th & Myrtle. The man, Peacock, was unable to answer officer's questions at that time and for his own safety was placed on a detox hold in the Ada County Jail. At approx. 5:30 this morning, detectives were able to question Peacock. He was subsequently charged with murder and booked into the Ada County Jail. 

    Cause of Death: At this time, detectives are waiting for more information from an autopsy. When an autopsy is completed, results and the identity of the victim are expected to be released from the Coroner. At this time, no weapon has been recovered and detectives believe no weapon was used in the crime. The victim did have signs of apparent injuries, however the cause of those injuries is still under investigation and the nature of those injuries is not being released at this time pending further investigation. Detectives learned the suspect does have some criminal history of domestic violence toward the victim.