Drugs may be factor in Boisean’s death; man accused of moving his body

Charles Peyton Chambers on his graduation day from Boise High School in May 2015.
Charles Peyton Chambers on his graduation day from Boise High School in May 2015.

Tommy Samuel Basco, 29, admitted moving Charles Peyton Chambers’ body to Hyatt Hidden Lakes Reserve Wednesday morning and leaving the body in a car, an Ada County deputy prosecutor said Friday.

Basco was arraigned Friday afternoon on a felony charge of failing to notify authorities of a death.

Basco told investigators Chambers, 19, apparently overdosed on heroin Tuesday, and Basco tried to revive him by putting him in a bathtub of cold water and later injecting him with methamphetamine, Deputy Prosecutor Tamera Kelly said. Chambers reportedly got up and walked around after that, then went into another room to sleep, she said.

Basco told police he found Chambers dead the next morning and moved him, Kelly said.

The Ada County Coroner’s Office has not yet confirmed how Chambers died.

According to Chambers’ Facebook page, he was a 2015 graduate of Boise High School who until July worked as a sushi apprentice at Sakana Sushi Bar and Grill. According to the Facebook page, he went by his middle name, Peyton.

Chambers’ body was found by a passer-by Wednesday morning inside a car parked in a gravel lot at Hyatt Hidden Lakes Reserve, along Maple Grove Road. When emergency responders arrived they found Chambers was dead, police said. Investigators determined Chambers likely had been moved or repositione and developed information that led to a search warrant for Basco’s Boise residence Thursday, the prosecutor said.

Investigators also found “a fair amount of drugs and paraphernalia” at the residence, Kelly said. She said Basco has a criminal record including a 2008 conviction for drug possession with intent to deliver.

Basco was arrested Thursday evening and taken to the Ada County Jail.

Fourth District Judge Michael Oths set Basco’s bond at $100,000, with a preliminary hearing scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Nov. 9. Prosecutors asked for a $250,000 bond, but a public defender argued that Basco is a self-employed father of five with strong ties to the community.

Investigators are seeking additional information on the incident. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 343-2677 or leave a tip via the P3 Tips smartphone app.

Reporter John Sowell contributed

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