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Missing Fruitland mom found dead in rural Washington County

Police say a hunter found Sarah Stepp's vehicle on Saturday afternoon. Her body was found by search and rescue crews a few hours later.
Credit: Fruitland Police
Sarah Stepp was reported missing on Sept. 26. Her body was found on Oct. 5.

FRUITLAND, Idaho — The Fruitland Police Department says a 41-year-old mother of three who went missing nearly two week ago has been found dead in rural Washington County.

Sarah Stepp was considered “gravely disabled.”

Stepp was last seen at her home in Fruitland around 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 26.

Police say she left her home in a pearl green 2014 Ford Escape.

The vehicle was found around 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5, by a hunter in rural Washington County.

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The sheriff’s office was contacted and the Washington County Search and Rescue was deployed to the area. By 4:30 p.m., a body was found.

It has been identified as Sarah Stepp. Investigators says it appears no foul play was involved in her death.

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