03-30-11 UPDATE: Body found - no indication of foul play
Boise, March 30, 2011 9:20 a.m. - The
body found in an irrigation ditch in a field near Curtis Rd. &
Fairview Ave. yesterday has been positively identified by the Ada
County Coroner as Michael K. Freeman, 53 of Boise. Boise Police
investigators have not identified a permanent address for Mr.
Freeman but believe he was staying in a home near where his body
The coroner has released that Freeman
died of blunt force trauma to the head. At this time, investigators
believe Mr. Freeman was riding his bicycle across the field, likely
early morning Tuesday, March 29th, and did not see the irrigation
ditch, approx. four feet deep that runs through the open field.
Investigators believe the man fell off his bike and into the ditch
causing the head injury. He was not wearing a helmet. At this time
there is no evidence of foul play.
Boise Police detectives say Mr. Freeman
was last seen in the early evening of Monday, March 28th. His body
was found at 1:42 p.m. Tuesday, March 29th. Officers are asking
anyone who saw Mr. Freeman Monday night or early Tuesday to please
contact Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS, or log onto www.343cops.com, or
text CRIMES or 274637, subject: Tip236.
Boise, March 29, 2011, 4:25 p.m. - Boise
Police are working with the Ada County Coroner after a man's body
was found in a ditch this afternoon in a field northwest of Curtis
Officers on scene say after a
preliminary investigation they've found no evidence of foul play.
They say there's some indication the man's death may be the result
of a bike accident. Officers will work with the Ada County Coroner
to determine more on the cause of the man's death, as well as a
What Happened: A Boise Patrol officer
was flagged down by a citizen at 1:42 this afternoon near the
intersection of Everett and Hartman Streets. The citizen reported
finding the body to the officer, who then followed the citizen and
found the body of an adult male laying in a dry irrigation ditch.
Near the body was a mountain bike. The irrigation ditch is about
four feet deep and runs through an open field near the
Additional information will be released
as it becomes available.