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Priest Lake Mystery; Sonar Finds Human Remains

PRIEST LAKE, Idaho - The Bonner County Sheriff's Office has recovered the remains of a man that has been in Priest Lake for between 50-100 years. Deputies used side scan sonar, a submersible, good weather conditions and right timing to pull off the recovery on Tuesday in 327 feet of water.

Sgt. Johnston with the Sheriff's Office says that the searchers had been looking in the lake for a person who was presumed drowned back in 2004 when they came across the remains.

They marked the spot where the remains were found but were unable to make the recovery until they had everything in place and the weather conditions cooperated. 

The remains were found about 200 ft. away from an old row boat.

UPDATE: Sgt. Gary Johnston says the remains brought up on Tuesday are being sent to Boise State University to develop a DNA profile that can be checked against samples from people who lost relatives in the lake.

He says authorities have a list of 12 missing persons dating back to the early 1900s, but none are obvious matches.

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