Elmore County officials are treating the Saturday death of an elderly Mountain Home woman as a homicide after she was reported missing and subsequently found dead.
The case was initially deemed “suspicious.” On Sunday afternoon, law enforcement upgraded the case to a homicide, according to the sheriff’s department.
According to police, a 71-year-old woman was reported missing around 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 25. Paula Knudson Ferbrache reportedly had left work around 2 p.m. and not returned home.
Elmore County Sheriff’s deputies searched for Ferbrache late into the night, ultimately suspending the search until Saturday morning. Shortly after 8 a.m., a citizen saw Ferbrache’s car on a dirt road in an agricultural area about 4 miles northeast of Mountain Home.
Ferbrache was found dead with the car. Police declined to clarify whether Ferbrache’s body was inside or outside of the vehicle.
Police said they’re treating the woman’s death as suspicious.
“We have a deceased person and we don’t know why at this time,” Sheriff Mike Hollinshead told the Statesman.
Idaho State Police is assisting Elmore County Sheriff’s Office as deputies continue investigating.