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Eagle man charged with failing to report the death of his 97-year-old mother

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William Rhoton, of Eagle, has been charged for failing to report the death of his 97-year-old mother, Barbara Rhoton.

Barbara Rhoton’s cause and date of death have not been determined, according to the Ada County Coroner’s Office, but her son was booked into jail last Thursday.

William Rhoton, 65, was arraigned in Ada County on Friday after being charged on suspicion of felony failure to report a death. His bond is set at $300,000. His next court date is set for 8:30 a.m. July 3.

“Investigators began their investigation Wednesday after being contacted by a third party, who told them it had been years since anyone had seen 96-year-old Barbara Rhoton,” according to a blog post from the Sheriff’s Office.

The post said that Eagle police did a welfare check at Barbara’s home and talked to William Rhoton, who lives there as well.

“He indicated Barbara was visiting friends in another state,” the blog post indicated.

Detectives continued to investigate and found evidence that the woman was not in another state but had passed away several months before, according to authorities.

Eagle police officers and Ada County Sheriff’s Office deputies served a search warrant on the family home Thursday and found that the woman’s body had recently been moved. They located Barbara Rhoton’s body in an otherwise empty SUV about 1.5 miles away.

The Ada County Coroner’s Office on Tuesday said the death investigation is ongoing by the Sheriff’s Office.

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