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Missing snowmobiler found in Kootenai County

UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 12, 2018, 11:09 p.m.

The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office found a missing snowmobiler in the Panhandle National Forest.

Frank Goodwin, 62, was found walking toward a trailhead. He was cold, wet, tired and suffering from the onset of hypothermia, according to a report from the sheriff’s office.

The Sheriff’s office received a call Thursday evening around 6:30 p.m. that reported Goodwin left the Skitwish Warming Hut with his riding party and was separated from them while headed back to the Fernan Trail Head.

The sheriff’s office mobilized its back county unit as well as the volunteer search and rescue unit and began a search of the Fernan Trail Head area. However, because of deteriorating weather and visibility Thursday night, they were unable to locate Goodwin until Friday morning.

Additional resources were called in, including a helicopter operated by Two Bear Air from Flathead County.


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