POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI) – UPDATE 5:45 p.m. Pocatello Police Department officers and relief agency staff are continuing their investigation at Downard Funeral and Crematorium.
Some of the bodies have been identified with certainty and are now in the custody of local funeral homes. Funeral home staff will attempt to contact the next of kin.
The bodies that have not been identified have been removed from the building and are now in the custody of the Bannock County Coroner. Officers will continue to attempt to identify the remaining deceased persons. At present, officers are still working to determine the total number of people who died in the building.
“We understand the concerns and frustrations of the families of those who died during this time and thank them for their patience as officers work to complete the investigation.”
If family members have questions or concerns, appoint a point of contact to call the Pocatello Police Department at 208-234-6100 and leave a name and phone number. Agents will return their call when more information is available.
UPDATE 11:05 am Officers have obtained a search warrant and are in the process of searching the property.
UPDATE: The Pocatello Police Department is currently investigating suspicious circumstances at Downard Funeral and Crematorium.
If family members have any questions or concerns, please designate a point of contact to call the Pocatello Police Department at 208-234-6100 and leave a name and phone number. Agents will return their call when more information is available.
Officers ask the public to avoid the area out of respect for family members.
Officers are working with the Idaho Professional Licensing Board, Bannock County Coroner, Ada County Coroner, Bannock County Attorney’s Office and Southeast Idaho Public Health to advance the investigation.
As this is an active investigation, the Pocatello Police Department will have no further comments at this time.
ORIGINAL: Police in Pocatello are investigating a long-standing funeral home for what they called suspicious circumstances.
Downard Funeral Home across from Pocatello High School on Garfield Avenue is blocked by police gangs.
There is a note on the door saying they are currently closed.
Police are monitoring both the front and rear of the building while awaiting a search warrant.
This mandate should be obtained this morning.
This is a developing story and we will provide more information as it becomes available.