Boise & Garden City

Boise man’s death in river may remain a mystery, police say

A 69-year-old man died after being pulled from the Boise River two weeks ago.

Investigators still don’t know for sure how Michael Rhodes ended up in the river on April 21. His cause of death was ruled a drowning by the Ada County coroner.

“As far as how he got in the river, we honestly don’t know,” Garden City Police Lt. Tom Patterson said. “There’s nothing pointing toward foul play.”

Rhodes was fully clothed. There were no witnesses to him going into the river. His body was pulled out of the river near 41st Street, about an hour after he was first spotted near 36th Street and Whitewater Park.

He was in cardiac arrest when he was pulled from the river. Rescue personnel tried to save him, but he was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

The river was running very high and fast at the time, and local officials had warned the public to stay away.

Patterson said family members indicated that Rhodes lived by himself and may have suffered from mental health issues. Results of a toxicology screening has not yet come back.

“We’ll probably never know the true answers to what happened,” Patterson said.

Cloverdale Funeral Home handled arrangements. No funeral was scheduled.

Katy Moeller: 208-377-6413, @KatyMoeller