When investigators went to Trina Bibbeys Marsing area home April 4 and found her pinned under a Mercury Grand Marquis, it appeared to be an accidental death.
Investigators were told that Bibbey was changing the oil on the Marquis when a jack slipped and the car fell. When emergency crews arrived, 35-year-old Bibbey was trapped under the car and eventually declared dead at the scene.
Idaho State Police officials said Thursday that although Bibbeys death initially looked like an accident, evidence collected during the investigation now indicates Bibbey might be the victim of a homicide. ISP officials declined to say Thursday what the evidence was or if they have identified a suspect. They did say detectives are investigating leads.
One of the things investigators are trying to figure out is if the story about how the car collapsed is feasible, Owyhee County Prosecutor Doug Emery said Thursday.
Trina Bibbeys husband Rod was at home when his wife died, Emery said.
Bibbey moved to Idaho from San Jose in 1999. She and Rod Bibbey married in 2005 and have seven children between them. Bibbey worked as a cosmetologist in the Treasure Valley, according to her obituary.
Why did it take almost a year for the information about a possible homicide to be released publicly? Emery said ISP officials working on the case reached the point where they wanted to ask the public for help.
Owyhee County Coroner Aaron Tines said Thursday that the cause and manner of Bibbeys death are listed as pending. Emery said Bibbeys injuries were consistent with blunt-force trauma from getting pinned by a heavy object.
ISP officials say anyone with information about Bibbeys death can call investigators at 208-846-7500.
Patrick Orr: 377-6219, Twitter: @IDS_Orr