UPDATED 9/1 - Missing woman found deceased in vehicle

Saturday, August 26, 2017
Scott Riggs, above, was arrested for the murder of Paula Febrache.

At approximately 7 PM, on Friday, August 25, 2017, the Elmore County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a missing 71 year-old Mountain Home woman. It was reported that she had left work at a local business, at about 2 PM, and had not yet returned home.

Sheriff’s deputies began a search of the area in an attempt to locate the woman and her car. The search lasted late into the night, but deputies were not able to locate the woman or the car. The search was suspended until 8 AM on Saturday, August 26.

Shortly after 8 AM, a citizen reported seeing the woman’s car on a dirt road, in an agricultural area approximately 4 miles northeast of Mountain Home. Deputies responded to the area and found the woman’s car. The woman was subsequently located, deceased, with the car. The woman’s death is being treated as suspicious at this time.

The victim has been identified as, Paula Knudson Ferbrache.

Early August 28, the Elmore County Sheriff’s Office and the Idaho State Police upgrade the case from suspicious to Homicide.


On Sept. 1 at 5:52 PM, the Elmore County Prosecuting Attorney was granted a Warrant of Arrest for Scott Eugene Riggs on a single count of murder in the first degree.

At approximately 7:30 PM, the Sheriff and Detectives from Elmore County in partnership with Detectives from the Idaho State Police located Mr. Riggs and served the warrant. He is now in the custody of the Elmore County Sheriffs Office.

This is still an ongoing investigation.

The Elmore County Sheriff Detectives and the Idaho State Police Detectives are following every valuable lead at this time.

There are many rumors and information that is out there. Due to the sensitivity of the investigation, police cannot confirm or deny any other information due to the ongoing investigation.

Detectives with the Idaho State Police are assisting the Sheriff’s Office.

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