Coroner identifies body found in Boise River

Posted at 11:24 AM, Jul 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-12 13:24:39-04

The Ada County Coroner’s Office has identified the man whose body was recovered Tuesday from a small island/sand bar on the Boise River, west of Willow Lane.

Coroner Dotti Owens says Andrew Joseph Lee Gatten, 34, of Meridian was identified by her office’s forensic team.

An autopsy was performed, but Owens said the cause of death has not yet been determined. Authorities are awaiting further test results -- which could take several weeks.

Owns said the body was “in an advanced decomposition stage.”

Investigators are still trying to determine low long Gatten had been missing.