Hunter discovers remains of man who died stalking goats 53 years earlier

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The remains of a man who disappeared in the mountains of Idaho in the 1960s have been discovered 53 years later by another hunter.

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Salmon resident Raymond Jones was 39 when he went missing. He was last seen on September 7, 1968, when he went hunting mountain goats in Lemhi County, central Idaho.

His remains were found on 17 September by another bow hunter who was looking for a shortcut. Authorities found Jones’ wallet still intact, along with some identification details. The county sheriff said he used it to inform his family members, who are still alive.


“The hunter was looking for a shortcut from one hunting area to another hunting area when he found human remains and then contacted the sheriff’s office. Due to the lack of remaining daylight and the ruggedness of the terrain, there was no need for recovery on the morning of September 18. Efforts began,” said Sheriff Steve Penner.

“It’s pretty wild, isn’t it? You have another bowler looking for a shortcut who stumbled upon a bowler 53 years ago,” said the sheriff.

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The official said it was not clear what happened to Jones because the area was rocky and rocky. “That was in goat country, and it could be very dangerous,” said Mr. Penner.

A search operation with more than 70 people, a dog and a helicopter was launched the day after Jones went missing in 1968. The search operation was temporarily called off due to heavy snow, but was later resumed after footprints were found on a nearby ridge.

Jones was eventually pronounced dead in 1970.

Credit: / Idaho

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