Downard Funeral Home

Downard Funeral Home in Pocatello

Pocatello Police detectives confirmed on Thursday that the investigation into Downard Funeral Home in Pocatello is being treated as a criminal investigation. 

According to police, computers taken from Downard during their search have been sent to a forensics lab in Boise for examination. Detectives will then investigate all documents that are retrieved from those computers. 

Pocatello Police confirm they are already examining several files retrieved during their search. 

"Officers stress that it will take time to analyze all the information contained on the computers and the files before they are presented to the Bannock County Prosecutor’s Office," Pocatello Police said in a press release.

Police also said that one body is still unidentified. Detectives are waiting on examination results from the Ada County Coroner and DNA testing from Idaho State Police Forensics. 

Detectives are also working with the Bannock County Coroner and Idaho Division of Occupational and Professional Licenses to identify the remaining unidentified cremated remains. 

So far, police say they have received more than 600 tips and requests for information related to the case. 

Pocatello Police thank the community for their patience as they continue to work the case. 

In early September, authorities found 12 bodies in varying states of decomposition, as well as 50 fetuses, inside the funeral home. 

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