By Kendra Evensen, firstname.lastname@example.org
AMMON â€” Bonneville County sheriffâ€™s officials believe a woman, whose body was discovered at an Ammon home earlier this month, is a murder victim.
They said Monday that the womanâ€™s death is now officially being considered a homicide, and theyâ€™ve enlisted the help of the FBI, Idaho State Police, Bonneville and Ada county coroners offices and other agencies as they continue to examine and process evidence taken from the victim and the scene.
â€śThe autopsy of the deceased victim is still continuing, we are able to confirm the victim is female and we believe it to be Lisa Stukey, however, we are awaiting positive confirmation of her identity,â€ť according to a news release.
Stukey, who is in her 60s, is the owner of the home located at 2390 Ross Avenue, and officials have not been able to locate her elsewhere.
The victimâ€™s body was discovered in the bedroom of the home on July 2, after some friends, who stopped by the house and felt something was wrong, contacted authorities.
Sheriffâ€™s officials said at that time that the victimâ€™s body had already undergone extensive decomposition and that she had likely died a week or more before.
Officials have treated the case as a possible homicide from the start, but that was largely due to the decomposition of the body and the number of unknowns in the case. Now they say they have determined that the womanâ€™s death was a homicide.
They have not released many details about the victimâ€™s death or the scene of the crime as their investigation is ongoing.
â€śDetectives have been in the process of interviewing several people who have knowledge of Lisa Stukey and working several different leads that have come in since this case was started,â€ť according to the news release.
Sheriffâ€™s officials are asking anyone with information about Stukey or her home to contact detectives through dispatch at 208-529-1200.
â€śAs always, the public can anonymously report information about this or any other crime to Idaho Falls/Bonneville County Crime Stoppers by calling 208-522-1983 or online at www.ifcrime.org,â€ť according to the news release.