The Panknin brothers pose for a photo in Riverside State Park during the summer of 1963, from left: Ted, Bobby, Jim and Bill. Bobby, 4, disappeared without a trace later that summer during a family outing to the Deep Lake Resort near Northport.
Courtesy of Bill Panknin photo
Bobby Panknin, a 4-year-old Spokane boy, disappeared without a trace on Aug. 3, 1963, while on a family camping trip to Deep Lake Resort near Northport, Wash. His mother carried this photo with her until she died in December 1998. The late Stevens County Sheriff Albert “Dutch” Holter kept a copy of this photo under the glass on his desk until he retired in 1971.
Spokane County Fire District 9 Capt. Jim Panknin was 6 when Bobby disappeared. Now 53, he carries vivid memories of that day. “I left my little brother,” he said.