Eye On Boise

TUESDAY, JULY 5, 2011, 7:42 A.M.

Rep. Roberts’ wife drowns in Payette River

The holiday weekend was marred by sad news for state Rep. Ken Roberts of Donnelly, whose wife, Mary Jo, drowned in the Payette River; her body was recovered Saturday about six miles downstream from McCall. Mrs. Roberts, 49, was the subject of a search along the river starting Friday, after she went missing after reportedly going for her usual morning walk before work along the river, which is raging with high flow; her vehicle and belongings were found near a bridge in McCall. KTVB has a full report here; funeral services are pending under the direction of Heikkila Funeral Chapel in McCall. Ken Roberts, 47, is the Idaho House Republican Caucus chairman and a former 1st District congressional candidate.

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