Bowhunter Finds Remains Of Man Missing For 53 Years

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Steve Penner from Lemhi County Sheriff’s Office said a bowhunter found the dead body of another bowhunter who was reported missing for 53 years ago.

Steve said that 39-year-old Raymond Jones went missing in 1968 after he disappeared while bowhunting mountain goats in the east fork of Hayden Creek in Lemhi County.

“There were some other hunters in camp but he was by himself when he disappeared,” Officer Penner told East Idaho News.

An official search was launched on Sept. 9, 1968, and an aircraft was even used in an attempt to find him. After looking for days, the search was eventually called off due to severe snowy weather conditions and later abandoned.

An Associated Press story from Sept. 15, 1968 in the Idaho State Journal

According to the department, Raymond was last seen on Sept. 7, 1968, and would be 92 years old if he was still alive. The hunter stumbled upon the remains and immediately called the police to report the incident on Friday, around 4pm.

“The hunter was seeking a shortcut from one hunting area to another when he found human remains and then contacted the sheriff’s office,” Officer Penner said. “Due to the lack of remaining daylight and ruggedness of the terrain, recovery efforts began on the morning of the 18.”

Investigation officers found Raymond’s wallet on him with identification cards with his name on it confirming the body.

“It’s pretty wild, ain’t it? You have another bowhunter looking for a shortcut who stumbled upon a bowhunter from 53 years ago,” Officer Penner said.

Advertisement from the Oct. 10, 1968 of issue of The Recorder-Herald