NAMPA, Idaho (AP) — Police and college students are using cadaver dogs and ground-penetrating radar to search for the body of a southwestern Idaho woman, who went missing more than 50 years ago.
Nampa police officers and geophysics students from Boise State University began the search Wednesday, targeting areas underneath the Nampa School District administration building.
They were looking for the remains of Lillian Richey, a 51-year-old woman who disappeared from her Nampa home in 1964. She lived blocks from the administration building, which was under construction at the time.
Richey’s body has long been rumored to have been hidden beneath the building’s foundation.
Police Lt. Eric Skoglund <a target=”—blank” href=”https://www.idahopress.com/news/local/search-held-at-nampa-school-district-office-for-body-of/article%E2%80%9425451391-a7cd-5224-99fe-bc1ef2c1853f.html”>told</a> the Idaho Press-Tribune that investigators have examined the site before, but they didn’t have the technology for this level of search.
The searchers used the dogs to sniff out areas of interest in the basement and crawl space. The students from the university’s Society of Exploration Geophysicists then focused the radar on those areas.
“We’re looking for some anomalous signal that would indicate someone has excavated the ground or perhaps buried someone,” student Tate Meehan <a target=”—blank” href=”https://www.kivitv.com/news/bsu-students-police-search-for-body-in-decades-old-cold-case”>told</a> KIVI-TV.
The search was expected to last a few days, Skoglund told the newspaper.
“We’re extremely hopeful,” Skoglund said before the search. “What do you got to lose? No way to feel but hopeful now.”
Gene Richey, the son of Lillian Richey, said the family is just searching for closure.
“Maybe we can have a real funeral for her,” Gene Richey said.