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The body of missing Idaho bowhunter is found after 53 years of disappearance

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Bow hunter Idaho looking for a shortcut in the mountains finds the remains of another hunter – a man who had been missing for 53 years

  • The body of Idaho bow hunter Raymond Jones was found Friday after 53 years of disappearance
  • An unidentified hunter found the body while looking for a shortcut in the mountains of Lemhi County
  • Lemhi County Police formally identified the body after finding Jones’ wallet with his identification in it
  • Jones’ family, including his wife, were contacted when the body was found










An Idaho bow hunter who took a shortcut in the mountains on Friday found the remains of another hunter — a man who had been missing for 53 years.

The missing fighter, identified as Raymond Jones, was 39 when he disappeared on September 7, 1968. He was looking for mountain goats in the eastern fork of Hayden Creek in Lemhi County.

His body was found Friday afternoon by another hunter who called the Lemhi County Police Department. It was not clear how Jones had died, but Lemhi County Sheriff Steve Penner said the area where he disappeared was “dangerous” due to the rocky and rugged terrain.

Jones’ wife and the rest of his family were then contacted.

The body of missing Idaho bow hunter Raymond Jones was found Friday by another hunter in the mountains of Lemhi County after a 53-year-old disappearance

A search was launched for Jones after he disappeared on September 7, 1968, while searching for mountain goats

A search was launched for Jones after he went missing on September 7, 1968 while searching for mountain goats

“The hunter was looking for a shortcut from one hunting ground to another when he found human remains and then contacted the sheriff’s office,” Penner told EastIdahoNews.com

“Due to the lack of daylight and the rugged terrain, the recovery efforts began on the morning of the 18th.”

Police identified the body as Jones when they found his wallet with his identification at the scene.

“It’s pretty wild, isn’t it?” Lemhi County Sheriff Steve Penner told EastIdahoNews.com. “You have another bow hunter looking for a shortcut that a bow hunter from 53 years ago came across.”

Jones' remains were found in the eastern fork of Hayden Creek in Lemhi County

Jones’ remains were found in the eastern fork of Hayden Creek in Lemhi County

Penner added that Jones was alone but near hunters at the site when he disappeared.

The hunt for Jones originally began two days after his disappearance and involved a search of 70 people and a plane.

The work was halted for a short time because of the snow. An Associated Press article on September 15, 1968, said the search was reopened after footprints were found near the area of ​​Jones’ disappearance.

However, the case was again dropped and no further reported search attempts were made. In 1970 he was pronounced dead.

A statement was released during the search for Jones's body by his family

A statement was released during the search for Jones’s body by his family

“Raymond J. Jones’s family would like to use these resources to try to express your deep appreciation for the many sacrifices made to us in the search for Ray,” his family said in a statement to The Recorder-Herald in 1968. .

“We want to thank those who have so generously provided food for the hunters on the mountain and at home, those who gave their time and equipment, and everyone who helped in any way.

“We want to thank you for the moral support you have given us, both on the mountain and at Ray and Donna’s house. All we can say is, ‘Thank you, may God bless you all.

‘We can never repay you for all you have done, but feel that you will receive your reward from a higher power; for Christ said in Matthew 25, verse 40, “Inasmuch as you did it to the last of these, my brethren, you did it to Me.”

The hunter who found the body has not been identified.

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