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Human remains discovered Monday may be missing Nampa woman

Testing pending for identification, confirm identity




Cayla Danenberg


Facebook photo John “Randy” French is seen here next to his truck in this undated photo.

Human remains discovered along the Salmon River this week may be related to one of two recent missing person cases currently open with the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office.

Narrowing down or perhaps confirming identification is pending outsourced testing.

Remains were found Monday morning, Oct. 23, in the area of the bridge at the junction of Rice Creek and Graves Creek roads. They were not intact, and they appear to be those of an adult of unknown sex.

Investigators suspect remains belong to one of two drowning accident victims:

John “Randy” French, 54, of Boise, who failed to return home from a Riggins fishing trip July 1 of this year. Evidence discovered July 9 led investigators to suspect his red 2004 Chevrolet Avalanche went into the Salmon River near Fiddle Creek, milepost 201.5, on U.S. Highway 95.

Cayla Danenberg, 20, of Nampa, was one of two fatalities in a May 17, 2016, single vehicle accident into the Salmon River three miles south of Slate Creek on U.S. 95. Also killed was Tiffany Maupin, 21, of Nampa, whose body was subsequently recovered.

“Based on finding the remains below the high-water mark, we’re assuming it’s one of our missing persons,” said ICSO Detective Jerry Johnson.

“And based on the remains, it’s probably Cayla,” he said.

-- More on this story in this week's issue of the Idaho County Free Press


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