August 3, 2014

Body shop owner apparently drowns in lake

 
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Gary “Scotty” Shawver, owner of Body By Scotty, photographed in December 2005. Shawver, 57, apparently drowned Saturday evening in Lake Coeur d’Alene.
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The longtime owner of a Post Falls auto body shop is believed to have drowned in Lake Coeur d’Alene Saturday after he jumped from a boat without a life jacket on, officials said.

Gary Scott “Scotty” Shawver, 57, owner of Body by Scotty and well known for his support of civic causes, jumped into the lake after an item that fell from a boat at Stevens Point, just south of Tubbs Point, the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office said.

County marine and dive units responded about 7:30 p.m. but divers were not able to locate Shawver. The water is 130 to 140 feet deep there.

Shawver’s body had not been found as of this morning. The sheriff’s SONAR team will resume the search.

Body by Scotty for years hosted a popular block party at the shop, located at 311 E. Third Ave. in Post Falls.


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