Little more than two weeks after his disappearance, 8-year-old Robert Grant Manwill was confirmed dead by Boise, Idaho police on August 5, 2009. Robert's body had been found two days earlier in the New York Canal, which runs 14 miles southwest from the city of Boise to the nearby town of Kuna.
The Boise Police Department had been giving news conferences twice daily since Robert was reported missing July 24. Monday's news conference was canceled when the body was found and reported to be that of a young boy who matched Robert's age and size.
After sheriff's deputies arrived on the scene, the county coroner took the body to be examined for identification. A tentative ID was made, though the coroner needed an additional day for verification using dental records. It was a positive match.
The announcement concluded a ten-day search which saw investigators and volunteers methodically draining bodies of water, driving rods into the ground and digging up backyards in search of Robert.
On August 18, 2009, Boise cops arrested Robert's mother, Melissa Scott Jenkins and her live-in-boyfriend Daniel Edward Ehrlick on first degree murder charges in the death of Robert Manwill.