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Kootenai County detectives seek information on SUV months after mother, two kids die at Fernan Lake

UPDATED: Sun., May 7, 2017, 4:52 p.m.

The Fernan boat launch is seen Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016. A mother and her 1- and 2-year old children  drowned in Fernan Lake on Nov. 3, 2016. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)
The Fernan boat launch is seen Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016. A mother and her 1- and 2-year old children drowned in Fernan Lake on Nov. 3, 2016. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

Detectives hope the description of a vehicle will help them solve the case of a Coeur d’Alene mom who was found dead with her two toddler boys in a submerged car in Fernan Lake.

The Coeur d’Alene Press reported that Misty Phelps and her sons were found by a fisherman at the west Fernan Boat Launch on Nov. 3.

Officials are investigating how the car wound up in the lake.

The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office wants information on a dark-colored SUV seen leaving the launch in Fernan Village at 10 p.m. on Nov. 2.

The SUV is possibly a Ford Bronco, late ’80s or early ’90s model, with Idaho license plates.

Officials say its headlights and LED lighting are color-tinted, or color-shifting, and are distinctive in appearance.


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