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Search crews find bodies of missing boaters in Lake Coeur d'Alene

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COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -

UPDATE: 10:22 p.m.

The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office says search crews found the bodies of all three missing boaters around 8:00 p.m. Wednesday.

The bodies of Justin M. Luhr, Justin T. Honken, and Caitlin A. Breeze were recovered by the KCSO Sonar and Dive Rescue Team  with help from the Coeur d’ Alene City Fire Department Boat.

Autopsies will be performed Thursday.


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The search continues for three missing boaters after a crash on Lake Coeur d'Alene Saturday night.

Crews were on the lake with their sonar boat working to give answers to three grieving families on Tuesday, but had to cut their search short due to windy conditions. 

The missing have been identified as Caitlin Breeze and Justin Honken, both 21-years-old, as well as 34-year-old Justin Luhr. All three are presumed drown. Witnesses told deputies they saw the three leave the Harrison area around 8:30 p.m. Saturday night. Less than an hour later, the crash was reported.  

Three people are presumed drowned after crash on Coeur d'Alene Lake

Officials still aren't sure if the three were even on the boat when it was hit and witnesses from the shore only saw lights from one boat.

Investigators said the surviving boaters have been "very cooperative." Deputies said the owner of the boat was not the one driving and the do not believe that driver was impaired.

Two people in the survivors' boat were ejected after the crash. They swam into safety. Despite deputies arriving within minutes, it took hours to learn the three may have been on board.

Deputies said they can't rule out that there are more people missing.

The water deputies are searching is roughly 160 feet deep. Divers have located some images that they plan to take a closer look at with specialized equipment Wednesday morning. 

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