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Feds find dead body while snowmobiling

Federal agents found a dead body while training with snowmobiles last week in Pend Oreille County.

U.S. Border Patrol agents were in the mountains northeast of Sullivan Lake when they found the body of a adult male, the Pend Oreille Sheriff's Office announced Monday.

Deputies say the man is a 61-year-old from Los Angeles. His identity is being withheld until his family is notified of his death.

Investigators believe the man left his vehicle on foot and died and hypothermia, the sheriff's office said.

Cops: Pair cut off body’s fingers for gun

A Colorado couple accused of sawing off a dead man's fingers to steal a pistol he was holding was arrested late Friday at a Spokane Valley motel.

 Jerod M. Reeves, 29, and Kimberly M. McCaffery, 35, are in the Spokane County Jail after police surrounded the Red Top Motel, 7217 E. Trent Ave., and used a public announcement system before the suspects surrendered. 

Police believe the Craig, Colo., couple stumbled upon a murder-suicide scene earlier this month and stole valuables. The victim, 62-year-old William Ahrold killed his 9-year-old son and then himself, according to the Associated Press. The father and son were last seen alive on Dec. 9.

Authorities issued a wanted notice for Reeves and McCaffery last week after surveillance photos showed them using Ahrold's credit cards, according to the Denver Post.

The FBI alerted Spokane Valley police Friday about 2:25 p.m. that the couple used a stolen credit card at a convenience store at East Fourth Avenue and North Sullivan Road after traveling from Portland, Ore. The suspects were “electronically tracked” to the motel about 9:30 p.m., according to the Spokane Valley Police Department. In an article Sunday, the Denver Post included an online review of the motel that said “All you see is prostitutes and meth users there 2 4/7.”

Reeves indicated he and McCaffery had sold the stolen pistol, according to police. The suspects face charges of tampering with physical evidence, criminal possession of a financial device (credit cards) and first-degree criminal trespassing.

They're awaiting extradition to Colorado and could appear in Spokane County Superior Court Tuesday as fugitives from justice.

Autopsy complete on body in river

A body found in the Spokane River on Sunday has been identified. Detectives are contacting family and expect to release the man’s name on Tuesday, said Officer Jennifer DeRuwe, spokeswoman for the Spokane Police Department.

Riverfront Park security staff spotted the body just north of the Skyride about 9:35 a.m. on Sunday and called police.

The corpse showed no obvious signs of trauma and did not appear to be in the water long, but officers said the cold temperature could be a factor. No identification was found.

Police said the man appeared to be about 30 years old. Investigation into his death continues.

Body found in river is Spokane fugitive

 A body found in the Spokane River west of Post Falls last weekend has been identified as 31-year-old Spokane fugitive wanted since December on car theft charges. 

A bail bonds company had offered a $1,000 reward for tips that led to the arrest of Christopher M. Schelling (left) after he failed to show up for a hearing in Spokane County Superior Court. When he didn’t show up for court in December, the bond company distributed wanted posters near a home on East Columbia Avenue that’s been linked to an ongoing drug and stolen property investigation.

On Saturday, a young man walking near South Richards Road, west of Post Falls along the river, found a body that aurthorities identified Tuesday as Schelling. Investigators identified Schelling through his tattoos.

Schelling’s body had “no obvious trauma,” said Major Ben Wolfinger of the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department. But the initial autopsy results did not reveal his cause of death, and detectives are trying to determine how Schelling ended up in the river, Wolfinger said.

He was wearing clothes indicating cooler weather and appeared to have been in the water for several weeks or months, according to the Sheriff’s Department. He’d been reported missing and was last seen Dec. 3, Wolfinger said.

Schelling posted $40,000 bond in November on several felony charges stemming from arrests last summer, but the bond company started looking for him when he didn’t show up for court in December.

Crime Stoppers also offered a reward for tips that led to Schelling’s capture, but authorities had no leads until Schelling’s body was found Saturday.

Schelling was a longtime felon with convictions for attempting to elude a police vehicle, second-degree burglary, second-degree theft, drug possession and unlawful possession of a firearm.

He was charged last summer with second-degree theft, two counts drug possession, two counts of possession of a stolen motor vehicle, resisting arrest and possessing a motor vehicle theft tool.

A police dog helped capture him in June after he wrecked a stolen Suzuki motorcycle in Millwood Park, then ran from deputies into a nearby home.

A Crime Stoppers news release on Jan. 12 said he last listed in the 300 block of South Dishman Road in Spokane Valley. A news article about a robbery in which he was arrested in 2000 listed his hometown as Newport, Wash.

Anyone with information about Schelling is asked to call Detective Jerry Northrup at (208) 446-1300.

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