Raymond Jones went missing on September 7, 1968
An Idaho bowler looking for a shortcut found the remains of another hunter who had been missing for 53 years.
Raymond Jones was 39 when he was last seen hunting mountain goats on September 7, 1968, in Lemhi County, central Idaho. EastIdahoNews.com informed of. The search was unsuccessful, and Jones’ remains lay unearthed until Friday, when another bowman stumbled upon them.
The hunter called the Lemhi County Sheriff’s Office to report the discovery. He was in the same area where Jones had disappeared half a century earlier.
“The hunter was looking for a shortcut from one hunting area to another when he found human remains and then contacted the sheriff’s office,” Sheriff Steve Penner said. “Due to the lack of remaining daylight and the ruggedness of the terrain, recovery efforts began on the morning of 18.”
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The sheriff’s deputy found a portion of Jones’ wallet, with his identity still inside. Jones’ family members are still alive and have been contacted, Penner said.
An Associated Press story from September 15, 1968, detailed Jones’ disappearance and subsequent search.
“There were a few other hunters in the camp but it was his own when he disappeared,” Penner said.
A search was launched a day after Jones went missing, involving more than 70 people and aircraft support. Attempts were temporarily halted due to severe snowy weather, but later resumed after footprints were found on a nearby ridge. Nevertheless, the search was ultimately unsuccessful, with Jones’ body yet to be recovered.
“It’s pretty wild, isn’t it? You have another bowler looking for a shortcut who stumbled upon a bowler 53 years ago,” Penner said.