The family of a 44-year-old Fort Hall man who was fatally shot in 2014 will finally be able to put his remains to rest.
Officials with the FBI on Thursday confirmed that Darrell Auck’s remains were found on the Fort Hall Reservation last fall. They did not provide any additional details about the remains or where they were discovered.
Auck’s family recently announced that the identity of the remains had been confirmed. They are planning to hold a traditional blessing and cleansing ceremony for him on the reservation on Saturday morning and are inviting family, friends and tribal members to attend, according to a post published on social media.
The Journal reached out to the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes on Thursday, and they confirmed that the family is going to hold a cultural ceremony. They said it will be closed to the general public.
Crystal Douglas, founder of East Idaho Cold Cases, is glad that Auck’s family has been able to get to this point.
“I think the family has been waiting a long time for true answers in this case,” Douglas said.
Even though the body had not yet been discovered, Fort Hall resident Anthony M. Ish was convicted of second-degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon for fatally shooting Auck.
Senior U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge sentenced Ish to life in prison in 2017.
“Evidence at trial established that on the evening of Oct. 14, 2014, Ish shot and killed (Darrell) Auck outside Ish’s grandmother’s mobile home on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation. Auck and several others were in attendance for Ish’s birthday party. Eye witnesses testified that Ish fired a pistol at Auck several times, at close range, while Auck was trying to get away,” according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Idaho issued in 2017.
Witnesses reported that after the shooting, Ish loaded Auck’s body into a pickup truck and drove away.
The FBI, Fort Hall police, Shoshone-Bannock Tribes and search and rescue personnel launched an extensive search effort to find Auck’s body. But his remains weren’t recovered until last October — four years after his death.
Douglas called the discovery sad news, but a blessing for Auck’s family.
“They did get a conviction during the Anthony Ish trial, but they’ve never been able to bring Darrell home and honor him properly. They can finally do that,” she said.