Container of `Trinkets' to be Analyzed by Police

Container of `Trinkets' to be Analyzed by Police

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IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) -- A plastic container of material found in the area where a 19-month toddler was believed drowned by her grandmother has been turned over by the child's father to police for analysis.

But Idaho Falls Police Lt. Ken Brown said on Saturday there is no indication that what he described as trinkets inside the container found by Adam Bishop are related to the disappearance, and presumed death, of Acacia Patience Bishop.

"He saw a psychic, and the psychic told him where it was at," Brown said.

He did not elaborate on the kind of material in the container, saying only that it has been stored in the department's evidence locker and will be analyzed by forensics experts on Monday.

Bishop, who along with child's mother Casey Lodmell has said he believes his daughter is still alive, contacted The Associated Press earlier Saturday to disclose the existence of the container.

"We found clues or information that we've given to the police that the police missed," Bishop said.

He later refused to discuss the discovery further.

"Right now you have to wait until Monday," Bishop said. "I'm waiting on the police."

Searchers in boats continued to ply the Snake River below the area where the child's grandmother, Kelley Jean Lodmell, told police she jumped in with the child in an attempted suicide-murder. Lodmell saved herself and notified authorities that the child was in the water, initiating a search that was in its sixth day.

Divers were pulled out of the water on Friday but were on standby in case the surface search turned up evidence of the child's whereabouts. Based on the grandmother's statements and evidence found in her car and motel room, investigators believe the child drown.

Kelley Lodmell, 38, who has a history of mental illness, has been charged with first-degree murder and kidnapping and was being held in the Bonneville County Jail pending a June 10 preliminary hearing. The prosecutor has not ruled out seeking the death penalty if she is convicted.

Lodmell allegedly kidnapped the child from the Salt Lake County home of her great-grandparents, who were baby-sitting while her parents were at a wedding rehearsal dinner. Police issued a nationwide Amber Alert for Acacia early Monday.

Lodmell was arrested later that day in Idaho. Investigators said they do not know why she brought the child to Idaho Falls.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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