Nampa police are studying old cases and suspects as they work to determine what happened to an infant whose remains were found behind a Nampa home in August, NPD Sgt. Joe Ramirez said.
A forensic anthropologist completed a report on the remains and submitted it a week ago, Ramirez said Friday, but detectives have asked that details such as the time frame for the baby's death not be released. Such details could jeopardize investigative leads, he said.
Ramirez did say the "pretty complete skeletal remains" have been confirmed as those of an infant. The baby's age and gender have not been released.
He said the suspicious death is being investigated as a homicide to make sure evidence is preserved and developed to provide a solid case to prosecutors once the crime has been confirmed.
"We're looking at a couple of cases in the past years," Ramirez said. "It's being worked pretty intensely, trying to get through some suspect pools."
A contractor replacing an old deck at a house on West Teton Avenue discovered the remains under the deck Aug. 15. The home's current owners are not suspects, police said in August, and the previous owner rented it out to various tenants. The house also was vacant for a period of time, police said.