The last time family members saw Daniel J. Bonin alive, he was leaving his parents’ house in Hayden for a Sunday afternoon walk.
Blood from the 33-year-old’s body was found 24 hours later on a dirt trail off Ramsey Road - more than six miles away. His body later was discovered in brush a few yards away.
“It’s pretty unlikely that he walked that far,” said Capt. Ben Wolfinger. “Now we just have to put his life back together and figure out who he was with in the last day of his life.”
Authorities believe Bonin was murdered, but say they are still unsure how he died. Bonin was wounded in several places, but an autopsy Tuesday revealed only that he died of “multiple trauma.”
Detectives declined to reveal the type of wounds and said only that it did not appear Bonin was shot. Deputy Chief Coroner Jody DeLuca said the autopsy did not reveal a definitive time of death.
Sheriff’s deputies identified Bonin late Tuesday night, when his brother telephoned authorities to report him missing.
Bonin lived in Kansas City, Mo., and was visiting his parents. He was not married and was traveling alone. His brother, of Seattle, also was in Hayden visiting.
Family members told sheriff’s deputies Bonin left his parents’ house off Miles Avenue about 4:30 p.m. Sunday. He was likely heading to a bar for a drink, Wolfinger said.
No one seems to know where Bonin went before three teenagers riding motorized dirtbikes found mud-caked blood stains north of Ohio Match Road along Ramsey Road at 5 p.m. Monday.
The only bars open in that area Sunday were Pub 95 on U.S. Highway 95, The Cotton Club on Government Way and the Garwood Saloon. Workers at those bars don’t recall seeing anything unusual.
Detectives are canvassing northcentral Kootenai County.
“We have no suspects or leads or anything,” Wolfinger said. “We’re just trying to put it all back together.”
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