Episode 30: Darwyn Hope

September 25, 2017

Darwyn Hope went missing on July 12th, 2016 from Boise, Idaho. Darwyn was 92 years old at the time, and was suffering from depression and suicidal thoughts brought on by a painful medical condition. He had scheduled a surgery to fix the condition, but when it was unexpectedly cancelled on July 11th, Darwyn became despondent.

The night before he went missing, his son Dale went visit him after Mike, his brother, asked him to visit their dad and try to lift his spirits, and keep him focused on getting better. Dale spent some time with Darwyn, who spoke of his suicidal thoughts. But Dale left feeling convinced that his father would carry on, and that everything would be okay.

But the next day, Darwyn and his car, a silver Pontiac Bonneville, were nowhere to be found. Mike arrived at Darwyn’s house around 2:30 that day to check on him, and found him missing. Darwyn had left his hearing aids, which he needed to communicate with others, his cane, which he used to walk with his condition, and cash – around 300-400 dollars, fanned out on top of his washer. Police were called shortly after, and Darwyn has been missing ever since.

In early 2017, investigators turned their focus on the brothers, and began to accuse them of having something to do with Darwyn’s disappearance. In the episode, we speak with Dale Hope, his wife Lonnie, Mike Hope, and Detective Monte Iverson with Boise PD to uncover all the theories for where Darwyn could be and where he could have gone that day.

Related information:

This episode concerns someone with depression and suicide is discussed at length. If you or someone you know need help, please don’t suffer in silence. If you live in the US, you can call 1-800-273-8255, that’s the Suicide Hotline, and someone will give you confidential help.

Darwyn’s car is also missing, a 2003 silver Pontiac Bonneville with the license plate 1A7478F.

If you have any information on the disappearance of Darwyn Hope, please call Ada County Dispatch at 208-377-6790 or Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS. You can also email us at thinairpodcast@gmail.com.

One comment

  1. Heidi says:

    I have a theory about the disappearance of Darwyn Hope. It might be nothing at all, but I watched a documentary once about elderly people who travel or drive down to Mexico where they are able to get a hold of a “suicide medication”…a mix of barbiturates that aren’t able to be legally obtained in the United States. The medication just basically puts them to sleep permanently. It would made suicide for an elderly man looking for the easiest way, simple and painless. I wonder…since both he and his car are still missing, has anyone considered or followed up on the possibility that he crossed the border into Mexico in order to do something like this? It would explain why the car has never been found either as it would be in another country. Anyway, I just wanted to throw that idea out there in case it has never been explored.

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