Boise & Garden City

Boise woman, 37, found dead in canal

At left: Melissa Mariscal, 37. At right: First-responders at the New York Canal Friday morning.
At left: Melissa Mariscal, 37. At right: First-responders at the New York Canal Friday morning.

Melissa Mariscal, 37, was reported missing last Saturday, and Boise police issued a news release about her disappearance Thursday afternoon.

On Friday morning, her body was spotted floating in the New York Canal between Cole and Maple Grove roads, near Amity Road. A passer-by alerted police around 8:40 a.m., and the Ada County coroner announced the identification about 3 p.m. The body was recovered farther down the canal.

An autopsy is being conducted, the coroner said, and cause and manner of death will be determined by further testing. But foul play is not believed to be a factor.

A coroner’s news release listed the place of death as the canal.

The Ada County Sheriff’s Office and the Boise Fire Department’s dive team responded to the report of the body in the canal and retrieved it.

Access was a challenge, according to dispatch. The body was along the canal’s north side, a dispatcher said, and first responders had to search dirt access roads for a spot where they could get to it.

Mariscal hadn’t been seen or heard from since last Saturday evening. Police had said she was last seen walking in Columbia Village near Trailwinds Elementary and Les Bois Junior High, and might have walked toward Idaho 21 or Amity Road. The New York Canal passes through that area just north of Amity.

She was one of two women police reported missing in the last two weeks. Eighteen-year-old Sierra Bush was last seen Saturday, Sept. 24, at her family’s residence near Maple Grove and Goddard roads, close to Capital High School and Chinden Boulevard. There’s been no indication of where she might have gone or what happened.

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