Human Remains Found May Be Missing Rupert Woman


By Paul Johnson

UPDATE (7:30 AM, 10/16/12): Norine Boyd's family issues a statement:

"The family of Norine Kay Boyd would like to thank all the officers and Diane Gines for all the hours and hours of investigation they performed to give the family closure after 24 years and bring the body of Norine Boyd home. Rest in Peace, Norine. You are finally back honme."

UPDATE: We are getting more information about this story. This, from the Rupert Police Department:

Sgt. Detective Jeff McEwen of the Rupert Police Department, together with Rupert Police Reserve Officer and criminal 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.

Rupert Police Department detectives were in the area pursuing information connected to the 1988 disappearance of former Rupert resident Norine Boyd when the discovery was made.

After making the initial 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.

Rupert police officials believe the remains are likely those of Norine Boyd who disappeared shortly before Christmas in 1988 and hasn't been seen since.

Her case has been a focus of the Rupert Police Department in recent years which began to pursue the case again after years 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.

Officials from the Rupert Police Department advised members of Norine Boyd’s family of the discovery and are cooperating with other law enforcement officials in helping with the positive identification of the remains.

Cassia County, Idaho (KMVT-TV) Cassia County Sheriff Randy Kidd said that on Friday, October 12, skeletal human remains were located in the City of Rocks area.

Sheriff Kidd said that the remains were recovered on Saturday, October 13.

Authorities believe evidence at the scene indicates the remains may be those of Norine Boyd of Minidoka County who went missing in 1988.

Sheriff Kidd said positive identification is pending after a DNA or Dental records are confirmed.

According to information from old news reports, Norine Kay Boyd was last seen in Rupert on December 20, 1988.

She called her father on the phone that day and sounded upset.

He went to her apartment and found the door ajar, Christmas music playing and Boyd Missing.

Her purse and Christmas presents for her children were on the table.

It appeared she had been interrupted while wrapping the gifts.

Hikers found Boyd’s gray Ford Sedan at the base of the Twin Sisters formation in the City of Rocks in March 1989.

The driver’s side door was unlocked and cigarettes and Boyd’s belt was on the ground nearby.

There was also a pair of aviator sunglasses which her family says weren't hers.

Inside the car, police found nine empty cans of Coors Light Beer, an empty bottle of Nytol sleeping pills and makeup case containing cross-tops, a type of amphetamine.

Just before Boyd vanished, police issued a warrant for her arrest for theft, she was suspected of stealing almost $1,000 from a local man.

Boyd left behind three sons.

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