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In brief: Two bodies found near Kettle Falls

The Colville Police Department is investigating the deaths of two people whose bodies were found on Bradbury Beach south of Kettle Falls on Thursday.

Police believe the bodies are those of 15-year-old Alora Smith and her stepfather, 32-year-old Jason O. Lykke.

Smith’s mother, Jennifer Lykke, reported her husband and daughter missing Tuesday at 4:39 p.m., according to a news release. They were believed to have left their home sometime between midnight and 6 a.m. in a red Pontiac Firebird and had not returned.

Their disappearance prompted ground and aerial searches in the area. On Thursday, investigators located a vehicle near the beach, where a male and female were found dead, police said.

Authorities believe the bodies are those of Smith and Lykke, but an autopsy will be performed to confirm the identities and determine the causes of death.

The Spokane County and Stevens County sheriff’s offices are assisting in the investigation.

Staff reports

Pedestrian dies after being struck

MOSCOW, Idaho – A 37-year-old Moscow woman has died from injuries she suffered when she was struck by an SUV while crossing a street, according to the Idaho State Police.

The ISP said Carrie L. Lokteff was in or near a crosswalk when she was struck just before 11 p.m. Thursday. She died about five hours later at Kootenai Medical Center in Coeur d’Alene.

State police said the 19-year-old Moscow man driving the SUV, Ranger Adams, didn’t see Lokteff as she crossed the street. The incident was under investigation.

Associated Press

Red Cross volunteers heading to Alabama

The American Red Cross of the Inland Northwest is dispatching a team of volunteers to Alabama in the aftermath of a series of tornadoes that swept the South, killing more than 300 people.

Four people from the Spokane chapter of the humanitarian relief agency will travel to Birmingham today, a Red Cross spokeswoman said.

The volunteers will help distribute food and cleanup supplies and will register survivors at shelters so that friends and family can find out about loved ones in the area.

For information on how to help, visit or text 90999 with the message “Red Cross” to donate $10 through your cellphone carrier.

Staff reports