03-31-08 Update: Kidnap Investigation - Victim Found
Update: Boise, March 31st, 3:15 p.m. - Deputies in Box Elder County, Utah have confirmed and are publicly releasing the deceased subject found in their county this morning, and the kidnap suspect from Boise City last night is James D. Rose, Jr, 43 of Oklahoma.
Photo courtesy of Ada County Sheriff's Office.
Boise, March 31st, 12:45 p.m. - Boise Police continue to investigate an overnight kidnapping that began in Boise and ended in Box Elder County, Utah. The victim in the case, a Boise woman in her mid-40's was found by Box Elder County Deputies alive. The suspect, from Oklahoma was found dead, apparently from a self-inflicted gun shot wound to the head.
The Victim: Boise Police have learned from Utah authorities the female kidnap victim does have an injury, what appears to be a gunshot wound to the leg that does not appear life threatening. She has reportedly been taken to a Utah hospital.
The Suspect: Boise Police have learned from Utah authorities the suspect was found deceased, apparently from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The suspect's name is not being released at this time pending notification of family.
The suspect is a man in his mid-40's from Oklahoma. Detectives believe the man has recently been, at least a part-time resident of Boise. Detectives are still investigating exactly where the suspect has been the past few days and exactly when he arrived back in Boise.
At this time, the suspects name is not being released pending notification of family.
The Reported Kidnapping: At approx 9:46 p.m. last night (Sunday, March 30th), Boise Police were called to a home on the 100 blk. of N. Liberty by witnesses who reported a man with a gun.
When officers arrived they found evidence that the resident of the home, a woman in her 40's had been kidnapped. Officers immediately developed a suspect. Boise Police have a documented history of domestic violence between the suspect and the victim in Boise that goes back to April of 2007.
Three children, all under age ten, were in the home at the time the suspect forced his way in. Detectives believe the suspect did threaten the children as the kidnapping was taking place. The children were able to run to a neighbor's home and to safety.
Early this morning, Boise Police were able to track the suspect and victim to Northern Utah. Law Enforcement authorities in Utah were alerted to the crime, a suspect vehicle description (2009 Toyota Camry) and details on the suspect and victim.
By mid-morning, Boise Police confirmed from authorities in Box Elder County that the suspect vehicle had been located, the victim was found alive, and the suspect had apparently shot himself as deputies approached. For more details on how the suspect was located in Box Elder County, please refer to the Box Elder County Sheriff's Department.
Boise Police would like to thank law enforcement throughout Southern Idaho, Northern Utah, and agents from the FBI offices in both Boise and Salt Lake City for their help in this all-night investigation.
Transcript from news release issued by Box Elder County Sheriff's Office - 12:11 p.m.:
Released by: Chief Deputy Kevin Potter
J. Lynn Yeates, Sheriff
Specific Incident: Death Investigation
Location: Salt Wells - 5 miles west of the Golden Spike
Agencies Involved: Box Elder County Sheriff, Utah Highway Patrol, Fish and Game
Releasable Information: About 0900 this morning, Box Elder Communications received a phone call from two men who were rabbit hunting in western Box Elder County. The men reported being flagged down by a male who stated his female companion had a gunshot wound and needed help but asked them not to call police. The men were highly suspicious and notified authorities. Box Elder Deputies, Utah Highway Patrol and Fish and Game officers responded to the area. Officers arrived and approached the vehicle. The male was in the driver's seat and the female was in the passenger's seat. The male shot himself in the head as officers approached. The female had a gunshot wound to the leg and was flown to Mckay Dee Hospital by Life Flight. Names will not be released until relatives are notified. There is reason to believe this incident is connected with a kidnapping case in Boise, ID, the investigation is ongoing.