Police: No suspects in possible Emmett slaying

kterhune@idahostatesman.comJuly 12, 2013 

— Police have not identified any suspects in the death of 78-year-old Darole Carpenter of Emmett, an Idaho State Police spokeswoman said.

ISP and the Emmett Police Department are working jointly on the case, which is being investigated as a homicide.

Carpenter was found dead in his home Tuesday morning. ISP spokeswoman Teresa Baker said she could not disclose details about why police suspect foul play, including how the man died.

“There were definitely suspicious circumstances, that leads them to believe [the death was a homicide,]” she said.

But police are still searching for any clues about who could be responsible.

“They don’t know what occurred or have anybody in mind,” Baker said. “They’re conducting interviews and trying to follow the leads that they have so far.”

Emmett police and the Gem County Coroner’s Office declined to comment.

Gem County Prosecutor Richard Linville said he had not yet been sent the police or coroner reports, so he had little information to release as well.

“I don’t have a single report in hand at this point, “ he said. “I’ve had some oral communication from investigators, and that’s about it.”

Linville said more information would likely be available when the coroner finished his report and released a cause of death.

Baker agreed, saying that police were acting cautiously to avoid compromising the ongoing investigation into Carpenter’s death.

“They want to get through the autopsy and see where the leads take them before they release any more information, so that it doesn’t jeopardize the investigation,” she said.

Katie Terhune: 377-6219

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