Ronie Parrott was likely killed after she was seen at a Maverik convenience store at 27th and Main streets last Aug. 25, Ada County Sheriff Stephen Bartlett said Thursday afternoon.
“We have a strong working theory that this is a homicide, at this point,” Bartlett told reporters.
The official determination of Parrott’s death by the Ada County Coroner’s Office is still pending. And though Bartlett said he wasn’t prepared to release details of why detectives believe Parrott was killed, the evidence points to that, he said.
Detectives have interviewed a number of people who were with Parrott, 42, during her final days. They have also identified people seen with her on store videotapes before she disappeared. There was no indication from those tapes that Parrott was in trouble or going anywhere against her will, Bartlett said.
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“We do know people that were with her in those last few days of her life and we’re working through those critical interviews at this time,” Bartlett said. “We believe those are part of that strong working theory as to why we believe that this is not a random crime. Nor do we feel at this time that the community is at risk.”
Parrott, a music promoter, was a “very social person” who knew many people and was involved in the community, Bartlett said.
“We believe she could have had interactions with many people. This is one of the reasons we’re reaching out to the public at this time,” Bartlett said.
Might Parrott or some of the people she came in contact with have known her killer?
“It’s very possible,” Bartlett said.
Parrott was reported missing in September. She had not been seen after she visited the Maverik store to buy a soda. Earlier that day, at around noon, she was seen at a Jacksons Food Store at 8th and Fort streets. And the day before that, she was spotted riding a bicycle in the area near 28th and State streets.
The Boise Police Department investigated Parrott’s disappearance. The Sheriff’s Office did not become involved until her body was found about a mile past a federal Bureau of Land Management gate along Sunset Peak Road in the Boise Foothills. A woman walking her dogs on Feb. 13 spotted the remains past the gate, which is locked over the winter.
Bartlett would not say whether investigators believe Parrott was killed there or whether she was killed somewhere else and then her body was dumped at that spot. Detectives believe the body had been there since late August.
It’s likely that given the elapsed time between her disappearance and the body’s discovery, the body was badly decomposed, although Bartlett would not confirm that.
“Anytime a body stays out in the weather for any length of time, that causes some challenges, for sure” Bartlett said.
Detectives are trying to speak to anyone who saw or spoke to Parrott in late August. “If you have any sighting of her during this time, if you were involved with her during this time, we would really like your help ... so we can talk to you, know your contact with her, where you were, what you were doing, what that contact was in those last couple of weeks of August of 2015,” Bartlett said.
Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at 208-577-3718 or 208-577-3723.
“She never knew a stranger. She just loved everyone,” Jones said then. “I went on her Facebook page when she first went missing and I was amazed by all the people who commented on the helpful things, kind things she did.”