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Teen found dead in Boise park identified

Investigators have not released how the young man died, but say his death is "suspicious."

BOISE, Idaho — A young man whose body was found Friday inside a car at Boise's Shoshone Park has been identified, although officials have not yet released how he died. 

The Ada County Coroner's Office identified the man Monday as 19-year-old Darrius Smith of Boise. 

Officers were called out to the park on Canal Street off Vista Avenue Friday evening. Smith's body was found inside a car in the parking lot of the park. He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the coroner's office.

Both the Boise Police Department and the Twin Falls Police Department are investigating the case.

A spokeswoman for Boise Police said that detectives are investigating the death as "suspicious," but added that there is not believed to be any ongoing danger to the public. 

Both the cause and manner of death for Smith remain listed as "pending," and police have not said how the teen died or whether there were any indications of foul play.

No suspects are currently in custody, Boise Police said.

Twin Falls Police Lt. Justin Diamond said his department is investigating whether Smith's death has any connection to a shooting in a park on Wednesday. 

In that case, he said, a 17-year-old boy was wounded in Twin Falls' Harmon Park just before 9:20 p.m. Wednesday night. That teenager survived, but is still receiving medical treatment, Diamond said. Police are still working to identify suspects in the Harmon Park shooting.

KTVB is working to gather more information; check back for updates. 

Credit: Troy Colson/KTVB
Shoshone Park in Boise

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