Missing hunter found dead on cliff face

KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho – The family of a hunter who was reported missing on Monday while in Idaho said he was found dead on Wednesday night.

Edward Hempel, 63, was last seen on Monday afternoon when his hunting partner dropped him off near Bernard Peak, a “rugged mountainous” area, according to Kootenai County Sheriff's Office.

Hempel was found dead at the bottom of a ravine on Wednesday night, officials said.

According to a release from the KCSO, a helicopter based at Fairchild AFB spotted his body on the face of a cliff, about 0.5 miles from where he was last seen, and several hundred feet down from a ridge.

KCSO said they were unable to reach the remains until daybreak Thursday morning. A specialized crew with a helicopter from Flathead County was able to recover Hempel's body. They delivered the remains to a Sheriff's marine unite at the base of the mountain along the shoreline of Lake Pend Oreille.

His family has requested privacy.

Over the past two days, KCSO had searched for him extensively, with help from Spokane County Sheriff’s Office’s Air 1, the US Air Force’s 36th Rescue Squadron out of Fairchild Air Force Base, and the US Border Patrol’s air assets.

(© 2016 KREM)


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