Boise & Garden City

Mom of Boise woman found in Foothills: Ronie Parrott ‘never knew a stranger’

When no one heard from Ronie Parrott for days, then months, her mother knew the news would likely be bad.

But that didn't make it easier to take Monday when Ada County officials told Jennifer Jones that Ronie, missing since Aug. 24, was dead.

"She was so social, and she had so many friends, when we didn't hear anything I pretty much knew she was gone," Jones, a Kimberly resident, told the Statesman Monday evening. "I used to wonder how people can go on after their child dies. Now ... I don't know how to do it."

Earlier in the day, the Ada County coroner determined that Parrott was the woman whose remains were found in the Foothills Feb. 13, about a mile past the U.S. Bureau of Land Management gate along Sunset Peak Road.

The cause and manner of death have yet to be determined, the coroner and the Ada County Sheriff's Office said Monday.

"So far their forensics haven't come up with anything," Jones said.

Parrott, 43, grew up in Kimberly but had lived in Boise for almost 20 years , with a break a few years ago to be near her daughter who was serving in the Navy, Jones said.

Parrott worked in music promotion and "dearly loved it," her mother said, noting that she had a lot of friends in the local music scene.

One band, Rise of the Fallen, posted on Facebook that "our next show will be dedicated to Ronie Parrott," with donations taken to help her family. That show is set for Feb. 25 at Tom Grainey's in Boise.

Jones started a GoFundMe page in September, “Help Me Find My Daughter Ronie Parrott,” hoping that a reward might bring new information in the case. The page raised more than $1,200.

Also in September, Boise police asked for the public’s help to find Parrott. Officers said they had no evidence of foul play, but "information exists that causes officers and the woman's family to be concerned for her safety."

Parrott has four daughters and two grandchildren, ages 2 and 3, whom she doted on, Jones said.

"She never knew a stranger. She just loved everyone," Jones said. "I went on her Facebook page when she first went missing and I was amazed by all the people who commented on the helpful things, kind things she did.

Now more people are reaching out with similar stories about Parrott.

"It's a great comfort; it really is," Jones said.

Kristin Rodine: 208-377-6447