Downard Funeral Home

Downard Funeral Home

The fetuses recovered from Downard Funeral Home in Pocatello last week have been identified.

On Thursday, Idaho State University identified the fetuses as remains that were donated to the university for educational purposes. 

According to ISU, the fetuses were part of a decades-old biology collection focused on fetal development. 

ISU said that this collection was transferred to Downard Funeral Home for cremation in April 2017. Idaho State officials also said that the collection had a total of 61 fetuses, the majority of which were donated to the university before 1981 and not contain any new donations after 1998. 

According to Idaho State, there were several causes for concern and the university ended its relationship with Downard Funeral Home in May 2020. Though it didn't specify what those concerns were, the university said it did file formal complaints with the Bannock County Prosecutor's Office, Pocatello Police, and the Idaho Division of Occupational and Professional Licenses.

The university said it was unaware until this week that those fetuses from 2017 had never been cremated.

"At no time during the University’s internal audit was it discovered that the fetal remains were never cremated," ISU said in a press release. 

The university added that it is cooperating with the investigation. 
This update comes the same day Pocatello Police posted an update asking the public to help identify the remaining six individuals.

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