Boise Police Department
News Release

William L. Bones
Chief of Police

Contact: BPD Media Relations Office


Wednesday, March 31, 2010

BPD case to be featured on NBC Dateline

03-31-10 BPD case to be featured on NBC Dateline

BPD Investigation of 27 yr old murder case to be featured this Friday on NBC Dateline.

Boise, March 31, 2001 - NBC Dateline will air a special hour-long report focusing on a 27 year old murder case investigated by Boise Police. The episode of Dateline will air in Boise this Friday night, April 2nd on KTVB Ch 7 at 9:00 p.m.

The Gough Case: Boise Police arrested the suspect in the case, Judy Gough, then age 61, on September 28th, 2007. Gough was accused of the shooting death of her former husband, Lloyd Ford in the spring of 1980. According to information given to Boise Police detectives prior to the arrest, the murder occurred in front of Gough's daughter, who was then 12 years old.

Investigators from Boise Police and the Ada County Coroner's office spent several days searching Gough's former Boise home, from September 28th to October 1st, 2007. Detectives had received information the victim's body had been buried in the backyard by Gough and her children shortly after the murder 27 years prior. Detectives did find some human remains during the backyard search. The information received in 2007 was the first report made to Boise Police regarding Lloyd Ford. No missing person report was ever filed after Ford disappeared in 1980. Prior to the homicide arrest, Gough had told Ford's children he had run off.

In March, 2009, Judy Gough was sentenced to 10 years in prison without parole after pleading guilty to second degree murder.

NBC Dateline is promoting the story as "a family bound together by a secret so traumatic that it eventually tore them apart 27 years later."

Dateline producers say, since there was no court testimony, they tell the story through interviews with several key players including Gough's daughter who witnessed the crime, two of Lloyd Ford's children, a Boise Police detective, an Ada County Prosecutor, and a local newspaper reporter who dug through court records to reveal the fascinating details of the nearly 30 year old case.