Missing Motorcyclists Found Dead in Crash

by Jay Wintermeyer

HAYDEN LAKE, IDAHO -- The Kootenai County Sheriff's Department says two people, who went missing from Camp MiVoden over the weekend, were found dead Monday evening, September 6.

The two campers, 64-year-old Virginia L. Acker of Pasco and 40-year-old Gary E. Otterness of Onalaska, were reported missing Sunday when they failed to show up after a motorcycle ride on Saturday.

Richard Parker, camp director, says, “We contacted the Kootenai county Sherriff department as soon as we became aware they were missing.”

An extensive search took place throughout the day on Monday utilizing volunteer Search and Rescue members, Kootenai County Sheriff's Deputies and helicopter support from Spokane County Sheriff's Department.

Around 7:15 p.m, a volunteer searcher spotted a motorcycle crash along Hayden Lake Road near Rhapsody Lane, and upon further inspection, found the bodies of the missing campers. Both the rider and passenger were found about 100 feet down a steep embankment in the timber.

The Kootenai County Sheriff's Department says both riders were wearing helmets at the time of the crash. The Kootenai County Traffic Accident Investigation Team has been called in to help reconstruct and investigate the crash.

Parker says, “We’re deeply saddened by this tragic accident. Please keep the families of these two individuals in your prayers.”