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Salmon River Claims 1, 2nd Man Still Missing

Jason Gritten moved to Coeur d’Alene to experience the outdoors, a colleague said. His body was found in the Salmon River on Wednesday night by family and friends. He and his neighbor, Patrick Lusk, were reported missing on May 17. Lusk was still missing as of Thursday afternoon. (Courtesy photo via Coeur d'Alene Press)

Jason Gritten died doing what he loved: Experiencing Idaho's outdoors. "He specifically moved to Coeur d'Alene because he wanted to live in a beautiful area with land, hunting, fishing and a more laid-back lifestyle," said Dov Sassoon, a former co-worker and client of Gritten's. "He was tired of living in Seattle." The body of Gritten, 35, was found by friends and family in the Salmon River east of Riggins on Wednesday night. Gritten and neighbor Patrick Lusk, 27, Coeur d'Alene, went to the area to hunt bears, and were reported missing by family on May 17. Lusk, who has worked as a welder at Ground Force Worldwide in Post Falls, was still missing on Thursday afternoon. A canoe was found upside down in the swift river on May 18. It was later identified as the one Gritten and Lusk had been using/Brian Walker, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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