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Around 1:30 p.m. the Shoshone County Sheriff's Office was notified of a possible missing person in the Smelterville area. The caller told deputies they found a vehicle belonging to her friend, 60-year-old Shannan Souza of Kellogg, Idaho.

The car was parked near the Shoshone County Airport where her dog was also found, but there was no sign of Shannan. The caller said she also found a walking cane down a steep embankment on the ground next to the water. Shannan is known to walk with the assistance of a cane, and she frequently walks her dog next to the water behind the airport.

Investigators say the dog was able to lead the responding deputy to the water where the cane was found.

Just before 2 p.m., a fisherman witnessed what he described as the body of a woman floating downstream of the North Fork of the Coeur d'Alene River, face down, between milepost 1 and 2. Multiple resources were used throughout the weekend to locate the female body, without success. 

As of Tuesday, Shannan's whereabouts are still unknown. The Shoshone County Sheriff's Office says they couldn't release this information to the public sooner because they were unable to get in touch with Shannan's family.

Deputies say at this time there is not enough information to definitively say there is a connection between the missing woman and the reported floating body, however the sheriff's office is not ruling out the possibility that the two calls are connected.

If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of Shannan B. Souza, contact the SCSO Communications Center at 208-556-1114 and request to speak to Detective Lee.

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