Man charged with second-degree murder after body found behind local gym - East Idaho News


Crime Watch

Man charged with second-degree murder after body found behind local gym

  Published at  | Updated at

The following is a news release from the Idaho Fall Police Department.

IDAHO FALLS — At approximately 4 p.m. Wednesday, Idaho Falls Police Officers responded to the area of 200 South Woodruff behind Planet Fitness for a report of a possibly deceased person. Arriving officers located a deceased man, who appeared to have sustained injuries consistent with a gunshot wound.

Police officers secured the scene and began an investigation into the circumstances of the person’s death.

In the early stages of the investigation through security footage and other information, IFPD investigators identified the suspect in this incident as Jake Eilander. Officers began searching for Eilander and another person that had been on scene at the time that the crime occurred.

RELATED | Police investigating suspicious death after body is found behind Idaho Falls gym

At approximately 9:30 p.m., Idaho Falls Police Dispatch received information that Eilander may be at an address in the 2100 block of St. Clair Avenue in Idaho Falls.

IFPD detectives and officers surrounded the location and were able to make contact with two people inside the garage of the residence where Eilander was believed to be. Eilander was located inside the garage and was detained without incident. Near where Eilander had been officers recovered a loaded handgun with ammunition consistent with evidence found at the crime scene.

crime scene
The crime scene on Wednesday in a parking lot behind Planet Fitness in Idaho Falls | Andrea Olson,

The other person, who had been on scene when the death occurred, was also located in the garage. That person was detained for a time and was ultimately released.

Eilander, a 37-year-old male resident of Bonneville County, was arrested and booked into the Bonneville County Jail for second-degree murder.

The victim is identified as Ulises Rangel, a 44-year-old resident of Idaho Falls. Next of kin notifications have been made.

The investigation into this incident is ongoing, but at this time we believe all parties involved are accounted for. No further information is expected to be released.

“Throughout the investigation officers and investigators were very impressed by community members and business owners in the area,” says police spokeswoman Jessica Clements.

Our mission, in partnership with the people of Idaho Falls, is to create an environment free from crime and the fear of crime.

“Everyone was respectful of the space that investigators needed to work, people in the area were helpful and forthcoming, and business owners were understanding of the necessary impact to their businesses. We appreciate serving and partnering with a community that comes together in times like these to do what is best both for the investigation and people involved.”