Idaho police have arrested a man and charged him with murdering a senior citizen on her way home from work, as reported by KTVB.
Scott Eugene Riggs was arrested around 7:30 p.m. Friday on a warrant for a single count of first-degree murder. His alleged victim, Paula Knudson Ferbache, went missing on August 25. She was last seen departing her job at an Elmore County Wal-Mart, according to Idaho Statesman. Ferbache left her job at around 2 p.m. and five hours later, frantic with worry, her husband called 911.
Police found the 71-year-old’s body the next morning. It had been stuffed in the trunk of her car, which rested on the side of the road in an agricultural area near the small community of Mountain Home, investigators note. The woman’s death was declared a homicide the next day, but police are still awaiting the results of an autopsy report to determine the exact cause of death.
Sheriff Mike Hollinshead said Riggs and Ferbache knew one another, though he declined to comment further on the nature of their relationship.
“We’re still processing a lot of evidence right now,” he said, declining to release information as to why Riggs was their number one suspect.
It is not known if Riggs has obtained legal counsel.
This is an ongoing investigation and Elmore County police officers are still examining evidence, such as surveillance video from Wal-Mart and other area businesses.
If you have any information on this case please call the Elmore County Sheriff’s Office at 334-567-5441.
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