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Missing woman’s jailed grandson probed

The grandson of a woman missing in the Kamiah, Idaho, area has been named a person of interest in her disappearance.

Justin M. Hietala, 27, was arrested on suspicion of burglary on April 1 and is in the Lewis County Jail in Nez Perce, Idaho.

Police learned his grandmother, Lavina I. Hietala, 72, was missing then.

The two lived at her home in Kamiah.

Anyone who may have seen Justin M. Hietala, 27, in or around Kamiah, east of Lewiston, between March 28 and April 1 is asked to contact Idaho State Police Lt. Charlie Spencer at (208) 799-5020 or by email at charlie.spencer@isp.idaho.gov.

“We're just trying to follow up on a bunch of leads,” Spencer said today.


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