- Associated Press - Saturday, June 30, 2018

NAMPA, Idaho (AP) - An attempt to find the remains of a woman who has been missing for 54 years by digging up the floor of a southwestern Idaho school district office failed to find anything.

Nampa police tell the Idaho Press-Tribune that the search conducted in recent days at the Nampa School District produced no results.

Lillian Richey, 51, disappeared in 1964, about the same time the school district office was being built.

“Even though we knew this (outcome) was a possibility, it was still something to be explored,” Nampa Police Lt. Eric Skoglund said. “And we’re grateful to the school district for accommodating us.”

Police say cadaver dogs and technology experts in March identified the same place in the building as a possible site containing a body.

The area was excavated for three days starting June 20, but police say no body was discovered.

“It popped our balloon,” Mark Richey, Lillian Richey’s 65-year-old grandson, told the newspaper. “Everybody is thankful for all of the help, and we will just wait and see what happens from here on out.”

Police say the investigation into Lillian Richey’s disappearance will be put on hold until new leads appear.

School district spokeswoman Kathleen Tuck said repairs to the office floor will begin next week with the help of a donation from Dillabaugh’s Flooring.

“We’re really pleased that we were able to work with the police department on the search,” Tuck said. “We’re disappointed for the family. We really wanted to be able to bring closure to the family, but we appreciate their support and understanding.”


Information from: Idaho Press, http://www.idahopress.com

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