Downard Funeral Home

Downard Funeral Home in Pocatello

UPDATE 9/3/21 8:00 p.m.: The Pocatello Police Department said some of the bodies taken from Downard Funeral Home have been identified and are now in the custody of other local funeral homes. 

Staff from those funeral homes will contact relatives. 

The other bodies are in the custody of the Bannock County Coroner and work to identify them is ongoing. 

PPD said currently, officers are still working to determine the total number of deceased that were in the building. 

In its update, the police department said, "We understand the concerns and frustrations of the families of the deceased during this time and thank them for their patience while officers work to complete the investigation."

ORIGINAL STORY: A Pocatello funeral home is under investigation for what police call "suspicious circumstances."

Pocatello Police confirmed they served a search warrant on Downard Funeral Home on Friday. 

According to Pocatello City spokesman, Logan McDougall, the search warrant is related to a decomposing body found at the funeral home Thursday night.

The Pocatello Police Department said it is working with the Bannock County Coroner's Office, Bannock County Prosecutor, Ada County Coroner, Southeastern Idaho Public Health and the Idaho Board of Occupational Licenses. 

A spokeswoman for the Ada County Coroner also confirmed their office sent a refrigeration truck to the funeral home to help with body transport. 

Officials have not yet released any additional details on the investigation but they are asking the public to avoid the area out of respect for family members related to loved ones at the funeral home.

PPD also said any family members with concerns can appoint one representative to leave their contact information with Pocatello Police at 208-234-6100 and an officer will contact them when more details are available.

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