June 13, 1996
Angie was brutally murdered at her “I” Street apartment in Idaho Falls, ID sometime in the early morning hours. Two co-workers discovered Angie’s lifeless exposed body at approximately 10:40AM, when they went to Angie’s apartment because she had not shown up for work and she was not responding to any of their phones calls.
Christopher C. Tapp was arrested and charged with first degree murder and rape after many long hours of police interrogation and his confession. During the interrogation Tapp states that he went with Benjamin Hobbs and another individual named “Mike” to Angie’s apartment at around 1:00 AM and knocked on the door of her apartment and entered after she let them in. Tapp then claims that Hobbs and Angie got into a verbal argument regarding Hobbs ex-wife and Hobbs became in-raged and then stabbed Angie. Tapp admitted to holding Angie’s arms down while Hobbs raped her and cut her throat. Tapp said they then fled the crime scene and drove to the Snake River Bridge and disposed of the murder weapon.
Christopher Tapp was convicted of first degree murder and rape for his involvement by a jury and is now serving 25 years to life at the Idaho State Correctional Center in Boise, ID. The DNA collected did not link Tapp or Hobbs to the murder of Angie Dodge. The DNA collected at the crime scene belongs to a Caucasian male that continues to avoid being brought to justice.
Suspects – Although Tapp implicated Benjamin Hobbs as the main attacker in the murder during his many hours of interrogation, no charges have been filed against Hobbs. Investigators have interviewed Benjamin Hobbs on many occasions, but he denies any involvement in the murder. However; Hobbs was arrested in Ely, Nevada in January 1997 in an unrelated case and charged with kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon and rape of a Nevada woman and he is now serving a 25 year sentence in a Nevada prison.
Law enforcement and private Investigators continue to search for a Caucasian individual that would match the DNA evidence collected at the crime scene.
Anyone with information regarding the murder of Angie please contact John Thomas (208) 529-1267 (or) the Idaho Falls Police Department (208) 612-8661. You can also leave your information or a comment via this website.