Relatives of the Boise mother and three children who died in the Thursday morning wreck issued a brief statement Wednesday afternoon.
“We are in a state of deep grief over our loss," the statement from the Voermans and Bankhead families reads. "We appreciate the community's prayers and support. We ask for privacy as we mourn.”
Services are set for 10 a.m. Saturday, June 18 at Calvary Chapel, Boise, under the direction of Bowman Funeral Parlor.
The family’s SUV plummeted off a cliff into the reservoir shortly before 7 a.m. June 2, immediately north of High Bridge, near the intersection of Idaho 21 and Arrowrock Road. The crash is under investigation by the Ada County Sheriff’s Office.
Driver Noel Voermans, 40, and her three children — Gwyneth Voermans, 8, Logan Voermans, 11, and Anika Voermans, 13 — all drowned, and the children suffered blunt force trauma, according to the Ada County coroner.
Little information about the family has been released. Public records show that Voermans and her former husband, both graduates of Cambridge High School, got married in 1995. They divorced two years ago. Noel Voermans’ maiden name was Bankhead.
The father did not want to talk publicly about the deaths, a spokesman for his employer said. The children attended East Junior High and Riverside Elementary in Boise.
Investigators haven’t determined why Voermans’ Land Rover accelerated off a cliff into the reservoir. There were no signs of braking. The wreckage will be studied to determine whether the SUV had any mechanical problems.
An ACSO spokesman said Wednesday that deputies are still processing evidence.