Murder suspect arrested after hunters find body in Owyhee County

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The following is a news release from Idaho State Police.

OWYHEE COUNTY — Three days after an investigation was launched, Idaho State Police arrested a suspect in the murder investigation that began on Oct. 23 when hunters discovered an unidentified male body in Owyhee County.

Owyhee County Sheriff Perry Grant asked ISP to investigate.

ISP detectives have worked to identify the male victim’s remains and have conducted numerous interviews, which led to Thursday’s arrest. ISP detectives arrested Nicholas B. Vandenberg, 27, of Melba, Idaho on the charge of first degree murder. He is being held in the Owyhee County Jail.

We are not yet able to identify the male victim, but he apparently died of a gunshot wound. More information will be released once it’s available.