Suspect Arrested for Murder of Female to Male Tranny Idaho Student Sierra Bush

Although police are not spilling the beans relating to any sexual assault that Sierra Bush endured before or even after her murder, this case has the strong smell of a rape and murder. Since writing this draft, police acknowledge that Sierra’s killer raped her.

What role her “non gender conforming” identity might have played in motivating her rape and murder isn’t clear at this point and may never be clear.

If her male identity, Simon, did play a role in motivating her murder, then expect this case to be charged as a hate crime. Also expect it to be in the national news for months, with the press blaming Donald Trump.

Idaho Stateman

Boise police announced Thursday that Bruce Marchant, 61, has been arrested in a New York hospital on felony charges of murder, rape and kidnapping.

BRUCE MARCHANT, EX-CON. SERVED 20 YEARS FOR ARMED ROBBERY.

Marchant’s last known address was in Boise, police said. Boise police have been investigating the disappearance of Bush since late September; her body was found in Boise County Oct. 22.

Police conducted hundreds of interviews, according to a Thursday afternoon news release, and issued a warrant for Marchant’s arrest Tuesday. They learned Wednesday he was in a New York City hospital, and BPD detectives flew there to help New York police arrest him Thursday.

Marchant will have to be extradited back to Idaho to face trial. The timing and details of that are pending New York City courts.

The Boise County Coroner’s Office before Thursday had not released details of Bush’s autopsy. After news of Marchant’s arrest broke, Chief Deputy Coroner Mike Johnson confirmed his office ruled it a homicide.

“As far as the cause of death, it was a type of asphyxiation,” he said. He declined to specify the type of asphyxiation, nor to comment on any findings that pointed to sexual assault.

Her date of death was “shortly after she was reported missing,” Johnson said.

Sheriff’s offices in Boise and Idaho counties, coroner’s offices in Ada and Boise counties and a behavioral analysis unit with the FBI all helped investigate the case, said BPD.

Idaho online court records show Marchant was arrested on two counts of misdemeanor battery in 2014, but those charges were later dismissed. No other criminal cases in this state were listed.

Bush, 18, described as a top student with a promising future, was starting an exciting new chapter of her life — her first year in the Honors College at Boise State University. She dove into several campus groups and activities, including creative writing and the Gender Equity Center (formerly called the Women’s Center). She had also apparently begun exploring her own identity: Some on campus knew her as Simon.

Then, one day, she was gone.

Her new neighbors, some of whom hadn’t yet met her, prayed for her safe return. It was 30 excruciating days before her loved ones would learn her terrible fate: Her naked body was found about 30 miles away in Mores Creek south of Idaho City, according to the Idaho World newspaper.

Boise police previously would only describe the circumstances of Bush’s death as “suspicious.” Her mother and stepfather feared from the start that she had been abducted and killed.

“She has never exhibited any signs of mental health problems,” Green said in October. “She’s never, to our knowledge, engaged in any risky behavior or shown any propensity to run away. She has never shown any signs of suicidal ideation or depression. She has always been a very timid, introverted, very studious individual.”

Her last few months

Sierra lived with her mother, Mary Helen Green, and stepfather, Bart Green, in Meridian until about a month after she graduated from high school, according to Bart Green.

Her father, Phil Bush, invited her to live with him in a new duplex he was building. She moved into that house in June. Bush did not respond to a request for comment for this story.

Police said Sierra was last seen alive at the Boise home on Saturday, Sept. 24.

The next evening, she was supposed to meet up with a couple of friends at Boise State’s Albertsons Library, according to one of the women she was scheduled to meet. The group planned to talk about creating an art club for students who aren’t majoring in art. Sierra was going to drive herself to campus for the 5 p.m. meeting.

“(We) showed up at the library at 5, but she never came. Both of us texted her, but she did not respond. It was unusual for her to be late, she was a punctual person, and was usually early to anything we set up,” friend Sierra Luedtke said.

Luedtke said they figured Sierra had gone off on a family camping trip and had no cellphone service — or perhaps her phone had died.

“I did not think anything of it until Tuesday morning, when she didn’t come to our early morning class, and continued to not respond to my texts,” she said.

It was Tuesday that the Greens said they got a text from Phil Bush, who told them he had not seen Sierra since Sunday, Sept. 25.

Sierra’s car remained parked at home, a close friend of Sierra’s said.

Shortly after her body was found, friends and family memorialized her in a vigil at Boise State University that drew about 250 people, all trying to come to terms with the news that the bright, creative freshman had been found dead.

“All of us coming into high school were very insecure in who we were and what we were doing,” friend Stephanie McGraw told the Statesman, describing her circle of friends as “misfits.” “The fact that she was able to be her in all of her quirkiness and be completely fine with it was something that was very refreshing and encouraging to the rest of us.”

CBS News has developed information on Marchant.

The Idaho Statesman reports that Marchant recently lived in a home owned by Bush’s father.

Police conducted hundreds of interviews before issuing an arrest warrant on Tuesday, and learned on Wednesday he was in New York City. Boise police detectives flew there to help New York police make the arrest.

Marchant previously served 20 years in Idaho prisons following an armed robbery and assault on a police officer in northern Idaho.

Idaho Department of Correction spokesman Jeff Ray said Marchant was released on Sept. 26, 2008, after serving the full 20 years.

During my long career in higher education I knew several girls like Sierra, confused by their sexual identity, popular, smart, and outgoing. Really, these types of girls are not harmful to society. I always thought there was something out of balance with their hormones.

The best measure of justice for Sierra would be the death penalty for Marchant. There’s something wrong with him that has no cure.

13 thoughts on “Suspect Arrested for Murder of Female to Male Tranny Idaho Student Sierra Bush

    • Yes, very sad indeed. She/he seemed like a nice girl/person, while Marchant is just a waste of space. IMO, he deserves the death penalty even if he is never executed. The symbolism of his sentence would be important.

  1. My theory is that her male alter ego Simon killed her true female identity Sierra. Simon stripped and strangled Sierra. Case closed. Interesting though that the parents related that he/she had no mental issues.

  2. ““She has never exhibited any signs of mental health problems,” Green said in October. Mental illness runs in families and these parents are nuts if they do not think their daughter had mental issues. These trans freaks have a huge suicide rate. They also create huge problems for fellow students, fellow workers and for bosses. They are attention seekers who demand special treatment. Hire one at your own risk!

    “The Idaho Statesman reports that Marchant recently lived in a home owned by Bush’s father.” No good deed goes unpunished. Did the dad know he was renting or maybe providing free accommodation to a man who had just spent 20 years in jail? Was the dad Bush a do gooder who provides half way accommodation for ex prisoners on parole?

    Whats with the right eye of the Con? His left eye is penetrating and he looks healthy for a heavy smoker. Overall his two eyes give him a crazy look which any landlord should ponder beofre taking this guy in.

  3. Hey, can you maybe take ‘tranny’ out of the equation and focus on the fact that the disabled, fake-vet con murdered this person? Don’t be garbage. You’re (maybe) better than that.

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