October 13, 2011 in Idaho

Efforts to ID bones from N. Idaho fire continue

Associated Press

Investigators have determined that human bones found in the rubble of a burned building in North Idaho last February belonged to someone between the ages of 18 and 22, but a conclusive identification may be impossible.

A Texas laboratory was unable to recover DNA from the bone fragments, which were found in the rubble of the Sister’s Building on the Coeur d’Alene Reservation after a fire, the Coeur d’Alene Press reported.

Randy Fairbrother said his nephew, 21-year-old Daniel Uhnak, was hitchhiking from Sandpoint to Moscow when he went missing around the time of the fire. Police saw him near the building shortly before the blaze.

FBI agent Kevin Dunton said he thinks the remains are Uhnak’s, but a court order may be needed to return his remains to the family.

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