UPDATE: Sheriff's office identifies homicide suspect

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Local law enforcement is continuing its search for a man they suspect was linked to the murder of a Mountain Home woman early Wednesday.

Anthony A. Johnson, 30, is considered a person of interest in the death of Justice Gump, 25, who was found dead at the Meadows Mobile Park.

Johnson stands six feet tall and weighs 230 pounds. He has blue eyes and brown hair, although Elmore County Sheriff Mike Hollinshead said there is evidence indicating that he has shaved his head.

Hollinshead said that Johnson should be considered armed and dangerous and urged members of the public not to approach him.

The case began following an report of a vehicle crash called in at 6:11 a.m. that morning at the trailer court on Airbase Road. When law enforcement arrived on scene, they indicated that the crash was the result of a possible homicide.

A tactical police team stormed one of the mobile homes at the trailer park around 2:50 p.m. on Wednesday with initial reports indicating that the residence was empty.

Elmore County Sheriff Mike Hollinshead said there is evidence indicating that Johnson shaved his head following Wednesday's murder.

Mountain Home police officers and Elmore County sheriff's deputies are being aided by Twin Falls police and Idaho State Police troopers.

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  • Why lie to the public? He has enormous ties to mountain home. Born and raised.

    -- Posted by Reader69 on Wed, Jul 19, 2017, at 7:42 PM
    Response by Brenda Fincher, Publisher, Mountain Home News:
    At the time of the press release and in order to keep the information as up to date as possible this is the information as understood by us. We will continue to follow updates and information as received. It was never published to our readers in the aspect of a "lie" but what was available at the time of the press release available.

    thank you, B

  • I apologize, I did not mean to make it sound like you were lying, I was referring to the sheriff's comments and was curious why they would be quick to state he had no ties to mountain home when his roots are thick.

    -- Posted by Reader69 on Thu, Jul 20, 2017, at 11:20 AM
    Response by Brenda Fincher, Publisher, Mountain Home News:
    I have spoken to my reporter and she believes it was a miscommunication or misunderstanding of the question she asked which resulted in the answer she got. We are following up on all the information we can gather for next week. There was so much going on and so many questions being directed from every angle that I do understand the confusion. We apologize for the misquote. We thank our local law enforcement for the hard tasked jobs they must deal with as was the example yesterday. We pass our condolences to the family and friends affected by this tragedy.
  • Thank you. I pray this ends soon for the sake of the family.

    -- Posted by Reader69 on Thu, Jul 20, 2017, at 8:37 PM
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