Body in Canal update
The Ada County Coroner’s Office has identified a Garden City man whose body was pulled from a Boise canal on Tuesday morning.
Kevin Self, 45, was found in the Boise Valley Canal around 8:30 a.m. The cause and manner of death have not yet been determined, as officials are awaiting toxicology reports. Those could take several weeks to return.
Crews responded to the canal behind a shopping center near State and Glenwood streets after a report came in of a dead body. Officials said a woman on her way to work found the body.
Lt. Stan Niccolls of the Boise Police Department said officials aren’t sure how long Self’s body was in the water.
“Usually when a body’s been in the river for quite a while, it will show signs of decomposition or something along those lines. We don’t see that,” Niccolls said. “So we don’t think it’s been extremely long. … It’s obviously not been weeks. Probably not even days.”
Neither police nor the coroner’s office expect foul play.
According to Niccolls, the canal is between 6 and 7 feet deep in that area. It originates in the Boise River and feeds irrigation, Niccolls said. He did not say whether police have any estimates on where Self may have first ended up in the water.