Boise & Garden City

Person who drowned in Boise’s Ridenbaugh Canal near Rose Hill identified

The Ada County coroner on Friday said Bonita Lynn Campbell, 50, died of accidental drowning in the Ridenbaugh Canal.

The autopsy didn’t reveal any signs of trauma, according to the the coroner’s office, and the case is under investigation by the Boise Police Department.

Campbell, who has no fixed address, was listed in Idaho’s statewide missing persons database. Her entry states she was last seen April 28.

KIVI-TV, Channel 6, reports that Greg Curtis with the Nampa and Meridian Irrigation District said police contacted his office explaining that a missing person may have been last seen upstream near the Ridenbaugh Canal.

"I asked my staff to take some extra time to patrol the canal and look to see if they noticed something that wasn't quite right,” Curtis told Channel 6. “Unfortunately, this afternoon, one of our staff members who was on his afternoon run reported some tennis shoes in the water.”

A police news release Thursday stated that shortly after 4 p.m., a resident reported finding what appeared to be a body submerged in the Ridenbaugh Canal off South Shoshone and West Rose Hill streets. A Boise police officer responded, then at 4:30 requested additional response from the fire department and dive team, an Ada County dispatcher said. Around 5 p.m., Boise police tweeted that the body had been recovered.

Police did not release new information on the investigation Friday.

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