NAMPA, Idaho — Police say they have tentatively identified the man whose body was found near Kohlerlawn Cemetery in Nampa on Wednesday.
But there are still a lot of unanswered questions about this case.
The body was found just before noon along a canal near the cemetery on Sixth Street North.
Police removed the man’s body Thursday afternoon about 24 hours after it was discovered.
"It's next to the canal bank where there is a retaining wall, and there is just a hole that goes down there and it's hard to tell where that hole is from," said Nampa Police Sgt. Brian Jones. "It appears that hole was there before all of this but it's hard to tell if it was a sinkhole or dug by the irrigation company, there's no way to tell at this moment."
Authorities are not releasing the man’s identity until next of kin have been notified.
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Officers were on the scene Thursday checking for evidence and trying to determine how the man died.
"The biggest thing is going to be the autopsy to determine the cause of death,” said Nampa Police Sgt. Brian Jones. “If they determine it was accidental or suicide that decides from there if it was a homicide. Obviously, we'll keep moving forward with the homicide investigation, but until we know that for sure, we treat it like a homicide."
Police say someone who was walking in the area notified officers about the body. It's unclear how long the body had been there.
Sgt. Jones says investigators are waiting for the coroner to make that determination.
An autopsy is scheduled for Friday morning.