Man missing in Lake Coeur d’Alene identified

UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, AUG. 31, 2011, 12:04 P.M.

The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Department has identified a man who is missing and presumed drowned in Lake Coeur d’Alene.

Riley Odwire, 24, who recently moved from Fernwood to Coeur d’Alene, reportedly was urinating at the back of a pontoon boat at 8:40 p.m. Tuesday when he fell into the water that ranges from 115 feet to 180 feet deep. Alcohol was believed to be a factor, the Sheriff’s Department said today.

Searchers looked for the man between Carlin and Crescent bays Tuesday night after receiving a report about 8:40 p.m. from a friend of the missing man. The friend told dispatchers they were near Gotham Bay, but responding deputies found them near the middle of lake, between Carlin and Crescent bays, said Maj. Ben Wolfinger in a news release.

Sheriff’s rescuers resumed their search today after suspending it at 11 p.m. Tuesday. Deputies from the Recreation Safety Section of the Sheriff’s Department will be checking shorelines in the search area and preparing for the sonar search that will begin Thursday, weather permitting.


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