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'Buried and burned' body identified as missing Idaho man Charlie McBride

The Custer County Sheriff’s Office and Idaho State Police found buried and burned remains in the Morgan Creek Drainage area of Custer County, Idaho on March 24, 2019.

Idaho authorities have identified a burned body found Sunday as 23-year-old Charlie McBride.

“On the evening of March 24th, 2019, an adult male body was found buried and burned in the Morgan Creek Drainage by the Custer County Sheriff’s Office and Idaho State Police,” a Custer County Sheriff’s Office press release states. “The adult male’s body was taken to Boise where an autopsy was performed. The body was identified in Boise as 23-year-old Charles McBride of Challis, Idaho.”

Charlie McBride
Charlie McBride

Authorities say they are interviewing several persons of interest in connection with McBride’s case, which has been reclassified as a homicide investigation. Police were unable to comment to Dateline on what information led them to the discovery of McBride’s remains.

As Dateline has previously reported, Charlie McBride was last seen on February 25, 2019 at his home in Challis, Idaho. That morning, according to Charlie’s sister-in-law Mari McBride, Charlie was reportedly supposed to work for a local excavation company.

Charlie’s live-in girlfriend, Samantha Mariah, would later tell family she was aware Charlie was going to work that day. According to Mari, Samantha thought Charlie had left for work that morning. But he didn’t return home that evening. After a few days of not hearing from her boyfriend, Samantha posted on Facebook asking for help to find Charlie.

In a post on Facebook, Custer County Sheriff Stu Lumpkin detailed some of the investigative efforts being conducted to find help Charlie.

“On March 7, 2019 from 10:30 am to 3:30 p.m. in the afternoon the Custer County Sheriff’s Office was at the property where [Charlie was supposed to work],” Sheriff Lumpkin wrote. “The area was checked for any fresh fire pits and fresh dug holes, there was no evidence of any fresh dug holes or any fire pits found on the property. All buildings were checked and Charlie was not found in the Morgan Creek area.”

If you have any information that could lead to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons involved in Charlie’s death, please contact the Custer County Sheriff's Office at 208-879-2232 or the anonymous tip line at 208-879-5372.