Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sunday, May 23, 2010

UPDATE: Appears No Kidnapping Connected to Susipcious Note

05-23-10 UPDATE: Appears No Kidnapping Connected to Susipcious Note
Suspicious Note - Follow Up
 
   Boise, May 24, 2010 - Boise Police detectives confirmed this afternoon a note found on a table in a Fairview Ave. restaurant Saturday was not meant to cause alarm and was not intended for police involvement. Officers located the individual who wrote the note, which was handwritten on a napkin and could be interpretted as being written by a kidnapping victim who needed help.
 
   Officers say the individual was very cooperative and explained the note was meant as a personal communication and never intended to indicate an actual crime. Because the intention and purpose of the note was not criminal, officers say no charges will be filed.
 
   Police consider kidnapping a violent crime and reports of kidnapping are taken seriously by officers.
 
   Officers want to thank the employees of the restaurant for their immediate report and cooperation. Thanks to help from restaurant employees and management, officers were able to locate those involved and determine quickly that no crime had occurred, and most importantly, that no one was in danger.

 

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     Boise, May 23, 2010 - 11:10 p.m. - Boise Police believe no kidnapping occurred connected to a suspicious note found at a local restaurant yesterday.

 
   Two persons of interest were located late tonight after being identified following local media reports. The two people were very helpful to officers in providing information. Investigators say at this time, the note, that referenced a possible kidnapping, was in fact NOT meant to reference or report a crime. Kidnapping is considered a violent crime and police have to take threats of such crimes seriously.
 
   Boise Police detectives will follow up on this case tomorrow. However, again, at this time, it does not appear that the note is connected to a victim or incident of kidnapping.

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 Boise, May 23, 2010, 5:30 p.m. - Boise Police are searching for more information after a suspicious note was found in a Fairview Ave. restaurant Saturday afternoon.

 
   Boise Police responded to the restaurant on the 8000 blk of W. Fairview shortly after 2:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon, May 22nd. A server told officers she found a note referencing a possible kidnapping laying on an empty table. Boise Police have no other evidence of a kidnapping occurring. Kidnapping, however, is a serious crime and Boise Police are investigating to see if indeed someone may be in danger.
 
   Boise Police questioned witnesses including employees and managers of the restaurant who have been very cooperative.
 
   Detectives have been able to identify a man and woman who were eating at the restaurant around the time the note may have been left who may have information.
 
   Persons of Interest (photos attached):
  • The woman is described as light skinned, wearing a purple shirt, pants (possibly jeans), long, wavy dark blonde hair worn in pony tails.
  • The man is described as light skinned. wearing a flannel shirt and a t-shirt, heavy set, approx 50 years of age, grey hair and a grey beard. The pair may be from the Treasure Valley, possibly Mountain Home.
   Anyone with information as to the identity of the man and woman, or if this man or woman recognize themselves, please contact Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS, or Boise Police dispatch at 377-6790.
 
   A pick up truck reported by witnesses to possibly be connected to persons of interest has been ruled out by detectives as belonging to anyone involved or anyone with knowledge of the note.