Fisherman calls 911, says he saw body floating down Coeur d'Alen - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Fisherman calls 911, says he saw body floating down Coeur d'Alene River

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SHOSHONE COUNTY, Idaho -

On Friday, the Shoshone County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from 23-year-old Cole A. Lifsey from Post Falls, Idaho, who told officers he saw what he believed to be a body floating down the North Fork of the Coeur d’ Alene River. Lifsey said he was fishing at the time when he noticed the body, face down, floating past him. 

Deputies say they immediately responded and began to coordinate a search and rescue effort. The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office mobilized Air 1 for air support while the Kootenai County Sheriff’s office responded with a marine unit, several jet skis, a dive team as well as drone support. Shoshone County Sheriff’s Captain, Jeremy Groves, utilized his personal airboat to aid in the search of the waterway-District 2 Fire accompanied Captain Groves for medical support if needed. The Idaho State Police, Fish and game, BLM as well as our local deputies assisted with ground searching near the waterway.

Search and Rescue efforts have stopped as of approximately 7:00 p.m. Friday evening. Utilizing the Silver Valley Search and Rescue Team, search efforts will begin again Saturday. 

Deputies say they don't have much to go on, but based on the information Lifsey was able to give law enforcement, they are confident that the body is not believed to be 69-year-old Loinel Harding-Thomas, who was reported missing from Elizabeth Park earlier in April.

This story will be updated when more information is available.

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