Boise, ID -- April 8, 2002 -- The Ada County Coroner says the female body found this morning at a Boise business park is that of a 14 year old girl, who has been missing since January.
The coroner says he does not have a definitive cause of death, but has determined that there are injuries on her body that lead him to believe it was a suspicious death.
Boise Police are now handling the investigation, and have not released the name of the young victim, where she was from, or why they believe she was missing since January.
A lawn care company discovered the girl's body Monday morning, buried beneath the mud in a drainage ditch at Boise's Black Eagle Business Park. The Ada County Coroner is now trying to identify a more specific cause of death.
Boise Police say their preliminary investigation into the crime scene indicates the body had been hidden among the reeds in the drainage ditch for "some time."
Lt. Mike Majors, Boise Police: "The body was covered in mud and moss, so it appears the high water had covered the body until such time that this drainage ditch got to the level at which the body was exposed."
Police say the woman was "partially clad," but would not comment on whether there were any specific signs of trauma on her body.
The Black Eagle Business Park is located at Maple Grove and Overland -- within a few blocks of I-84 -- and is nearly deserted at night.
April 9, 2002 -- Boise Police investigators have tentatively identified a body found Monday at the bottom of a drainage ditch at a business park as that of a 14-year-old girl missing since January.
Investigators are waiting for dental records to confirm the identity before releasing it publicly.Police are investigating the death as a homicide, Lt. Dan Miller said Monday night.
Investigators are not sure how long the body was in the water in the ditch, said Ada County Coroner Erwin Sonnenberg, whose office conducted an autopsy Monday. Because the body suffered some deterioration in the water, the autopsy did not reveal an exact cause of death.
"For cause of death, there was nothing really obvious, but there were findings that make the death highly suspicious," said Sonnenberg, who declined to elaborate.
The missing girl is a Boise-area runaway, Miller said.
Her name probably will be released today after a positive identification is made, Sonnenberg said.
A maintenance worker discovered the body Monday morning in the bottom of a shallow drainage ditch nestled between two office buildings in the Blackeagle Business Park, near the corner of Maple Grove and Overland roads.
The grass-covered bank around the ditch slopes down about 15 feet, and the bottom of the ditch where the body was found is covered with reeds and cattails.
The worker was cutting the grass around the ditch for the first time this spring when he found the body in the cattails about 9:45 a.m. Monday, according to reports.
Investigators taped off the area while they searched for evidence. The body was removed about 12:30 p.m.
Investigators found the body partially clothed, Boise Police Lt. Mike Majors said. It appeared to have been underwater for a long time because it had moss and mud on it and showed signs of decomposition, making it difficult to examine at the scene, Majors said.
The presence of police officers, yellow crime-scene tape and television cameras drew a steady steam of curious workers from nearby buildings, many of whom were surprised to find out what was going on.
"Its sort of shocking I mean we took a company picture right over there last year," said Candy Beck, taking a break from her job at Multi Benefit Services. "Its kind of marshy over there, but I never noticed anything. Its kind of scary. People work late around here or on weekends, but I think that will probably stop now."
April 10, 2002 -- NewsChannel 7 has learned that the body found near Maple Grove and Overland on Monday is that of Cheyenne Vasquez, 14 of Boise. A lawn mowing crew found the body in a drainage ditch in the Black Eagle business park. It is being investigated as a suspicious death.
A Boise-area forensic dentist helped positively identify the body - however no cause of death has yet been revealed.
Boise Police records show Cheyenne Vasquez was reported as a runaway on February 7, of this year. Vasquez reportedly had been missing 20 days before her grandmother had filed the missing person report. Family members say she was last seen on January 19th - and felt she could be staying with friends, or her mother in Nampa.
At the time of the report filing - Vasquez was described as being 5'1", 100 pounds, with brown hair and eyes.