skeletal remains discovered near the City of Rocks hold the key to a decades old missing persons mystery.
On Friday, October 12th, human skeletal remains were located in the City Of Rocks area. Evidence found at the scene has led investigators to believe that the remains may be those of Norine Boyd of Minidoka County, missing since 1988.
Boyd, age 29, was reported missing in December of 1988 after police obtained an arrest warrant charging her with stealing almost $1,000 from a Rupert resident. In March of 1989, hikers found Boyd’s car at the City of Rocks. After the discovery of Boyd’s car, police searched for two days in the area but found nothing, and the case has remained open. Her case has been a focus of the Rupert Police Department in recent years, which began to pursue the case again after a long period of inactivity. Rupert Police Chief James Wardle, who was appointed Chief of Police in August of this year, had previously worked on the case and made it a priority ‘cold case’ for investigation by his department.
On Friday October 12, 2012, Sgt. Detective Jeff McEwen of the Rupert Police Department and Rupert Police Reserve Officer and crime analyst Diane Gines discovered skeletal human remains in the City of Rocks area of Cassia County. The officers were assisted by a cadaver dog and personnel trained in forensic anthropology. Department detectives were in the area pursuing information connected to Boyd’s disappearance when the discovery was made. Positive identification is pending DNA or dental records confirmation.
Wardle said that Boyd’s case was never closed, but Rupert’s small police department didn’t have time to continue investigating the matter. He said that Gines was interested in the case and she and McEwen put in countless hours putting information together, talking to the people who had found Boyd’s car, doing a grid search using GPS coordinates, and conducting interviews and follow ups to come up with a more precise location. Wardle said that while detectives were reacquainting themselves with the area, they came across the bone fragments lying on the ground.
After the discovery, Rupert detectives notified officials of the City of Rocks National Reserve and the Cassia County Sheriff’s office who responded and took control of the scene. On Saturday afternoon, the Rupert Police Department was advised by the Cassia County Coroner that the human skeletal remains had been recovered and removed from the site for further testing and analysis. The remains are currently in the custody of the Cassia County Coroner pending DNA identification.
Officials from the Rupert Police Department advised Boyd’s family of the discovery and are cooperating with other law enforcement officials in helping with the positive identification of the remains