Idaho State Police detectives Monday arrested two additional suspects in the murder investigation that began on Oct. 21 -- when hunters discovered a man’s corpse in a remote area of the Owyhee County desert.
Nicholas Vandenberg, 27, of Melba, was later arrested for first-degree murder in the investigation.
On Tuesday, Idaho State Police arrested two more suspects: a woman identified as Montanna Rae Reed, 20, of Twin Falls, and a male suspect, Willie Keith Rabey, 34, of Mountain Home. Both have been charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.
“The two suspects are known associates of Vandenberg. ISP detectives arrested Reed in Twin Falls and Rabey in Mountain Home. They are currently being arraigned in those two cities and will be extradited Owyhee County Jail, however, a specific date/time for that extradition is not firm,” said ISP spokesman Tim Marsano.
The victim has been tentatively identified as Hunter Smith, 18, of Medford, Oregon. Reports say Smith was hitchhiking from Oregon to Nebraska.
Reports say he died from a single gunshot wound.