Friday, July 29, 2011

Investigation into Fowler death continues

Evidence still being processed at state crime lab


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

An investigation continues into the June 28 traffic accident death of Hailey philanthropist Dayle Evan Fowler.

"I'm just waiting the results of some evidence testing," Idaho State Police chief investigator Cpl. Andrew Hitt said Wednesday. "It is very much an active investigation."

Fowler, 62, was killed just after noon on June 28 in a traffic accident on U.S. Highway 93 northeast of Jerome. According to ISP, Fowler was waiting outside her vehicle while it was stopped in a construction zone when she was hit by an 18-wheel tractor-trailer driven by Byrus L. Gatewood, 47, of West Valley, Utah. The truck then hit Fowler's vehicle and two other cars waiting for northbound traffic to be allowed through the zone.

Hitt said evidence pertaining to the accident is being processed by the ISP Forensic Services crime laboratories, but declined to specify the nature of the evidence.

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"Any sort of forensic evidence that you turn in to the laboratory, it does take some time to get it back," Hitt said. "It's not unusual to take some time to get those results."

ISP is working with the Jerome County Prosecuting Attorney's Office on the case.

"The prosecutor will evaluate the evidence to determine what charges will be filed, if any," Hitt said.

Fowler was well known in the Wood River Valley for donating her time and money to numerous nonprofit organizations, including the Sawtooth Botanical Garden, the Idaho Jazz Society, Habitat for Humanity, the Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley, Camp Rainbow Gold, the Lee Pesky Learning Center and the Crisis Hotline.

Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com




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