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Coeur d’Alene, ID: On Sunday, 6-28-2020, the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a possible missing person in the Fernan Saddle Area. The person missing is identified as Joel Brown a 37 year old male from the Coeur d’Alene/Post Falls area.
On Friday, Brown’s vehicle was seen on FSR 499 near Fernan Saddle. Initially, it was thought the occupants were hiking in the area. On Sunday the vehicle was in the same area. Forest Service Law Enforcement Officers and Kootenai County Sheriff Deputies contacted Brown’s place of work and learned he did not show up for work on Saturday.
Deputies began searching the area for Brown, however due to the incoming storm and threat of high lighting strikes in the mountains, the search was postponed until Monday morning. Monday more resources will be deployed from the Kootenai County Volunteer Search and Rescue Unit as well as possible air assets.
If anyone has seen or heard from Joel Brown they are asked to contact the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office at 208-446-1300.
Sheriff Ben Wolfinger
By: Lt. Ryan Higgins