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Police identify body found near Pocatello

Bobette Wilhelm
Bobette Wilhelm

POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - UPDATE 3/1/7/20: The Bannock County Sheriff's Office says the vehicle they are looking for at this time is a Chevrolet 1989-1999 Pickup or SUV, green in color, with damage on the front passenger side of the vehicle.

Police are no longer looking for a Ford pickup or SUV.

UPDATE 4:30 p.m. The Bannock County Sheriff's Office is seeking your assistance in the following matter.

Police say Bobette Wilhelm of Pocatello, approximately 40 years old, was riding her bicycle on Buckskin Road west of Parks Road between the hours of 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Friday.

Wilhelm's family notified the Sheriff's Office Monday to advise she has been missing since this date.

Her body was discovered at this approximate location, and she was pronounced deceased.

Detectives have requested any assistance in locating a possible 1997-2003 Ford Pickup or SUV, green in color, with right front passenger damage that may have been in the area at this date and time.

If you have any information on this matter, please contact Detective Phil Nickel. His office number is 208-236-7135, or you can contact Bannock County Dispatch at 208-236-7111.

ORIGINAL: The Bannock County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of a person Monday.

A body was found in a ravine between Parks and Buckskin Roads. Sheriff's deputies and the Bannock County Search and Rescue were called to the scene at around Noon.

The county coroner arrived on the scene shortly after 2 p.m. Monday.

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  1. It is sad when someone’s death is caused by the incompetence of another. It is VILE when that person(s) doesn’t even have the GUTS to stop and render possible assistance/phone for help. This is a sub-human which–when caught/’convicted’–be put in the SMALLEST cell the A.C.L.U. will allow for a number of years. Its/its lawyer’s excuses/mitigations should not even be allowed for consideration!

  2. Mr. 666, do you have the proof it was the incompetence of the driver or possibly could she have veered into the path of the truck and she actually caused the accident? (Really, a person is innocent until PROVEN guilty IN A court of law.)

    I will agree, that the driver was sub-human for not stopping and rendering assistance, but the blame is still unproven.

    I cannot tell you how many times I have had bikes veer into the drive lane in front of me. And this was one of the major reasons I have had a dash cam installed on all of my vehicles since when I lived in Moab. And yes, it was a bigger problem in Moab where bikes were as common as flies on a pile of dog dung. But the dash cam is there just in case this ever happens to me.

  3. J Weld. You are an uncaring and heartless person. She was a FRIEND of mine. I DON”T CARE who’s fault it was. IT WAS HIT AND RUN. And he left her to DIE. If it was a friend of yours, I’m sure your tune would be different.

  4. J Weld, A hit and run is defined as being involved in a car accident (either with a pedestrian, another car, or a fixed object) and then leaving the scene without stopping to identify yourself or render aid to anyone who might need assistance. At least a few states also include in the definition of “hit and run” any collision with an animal.
    In most states it doesn’t matter whether you caused the accident or not. The act is committed simply by leaving the scene. If you must leave the scene of an accident to access emergency assistance — by going to a nearby hilltop to get a cell phone signal, for example — most states do not consider that to be a hit and run, as long as you return immediately to the accident scene.

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