Father of young drowning victims: 'It's been a non-stop sickness'

Tyler Phelps remembers his two young sons. They were found inside a submerged car in Fernan Lake with their mother, Misty Phelps. KREM 2's Taylor Viydo has the story. (11/4/16 at 5 p.m.

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho – The father of the two young boys who were found dead, along with their mother, in a submerged car in Fernan Lake spoke out Friday.

“It’s a really tough thing,” said Tyler Phelps.  “You don’t really expect things like this to happen.”

Emergency crews pulled a submerged car from Fernan Lake Thursday. The bodies of Misty Phelps, 25, and her two young children, 1-year-old Tristan Phelps and 2-year-old Riley Phelps were found inside.

“It’s been a non-stop sickness within my soul. Deep down within, you know?” said Phelps. “There’s comfort there that I think comes from God. Those were my precious baby boys.”

Misty Phelps was an employee of the Coeur d’Alene Press. She had worked in the company’s manufacturing facility since August of 2013.

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“All I could ever think about was raising them, teaching them,” said Tyler Phelps. “They were good kids. I think that they would’ve really changed lives.”

Phelps warned against fighting in front of children.

“I’d say to people out there that don’t get along, start getting along. It’s not worth it,” he said. “You don’t involve kids, they’re innocent, they don’t deserve that.”

Phelps added that he and Misty were in the process of getting a divorce.

Investigators have not said what led up to the incident. Autopsies are being conducted on all of the victims on Friday. Full results of the autopsies are not expected to be released for several weeks.

(© 2016 KREM)


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