KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho — Two Oregon women who were reported missing on November 3 have been found, but the mother was found dead from the elements, according to police.
On November 5, the 911 center in Kootenai County received a call from a hunter saying he found a deceased woman in the area of Solitaire Saddle in the Panhandle National Forest. When deputies and Forest Service Law Enforcement arrived, the hunter took them to the area.
During a search of the area, a vehicle was found disabled with the daughter alive inside.
The two and their vehicle were reported missing out of Pendleton, Oregon after they did not reach their destination in Utah. Police it appears they got lost and ended up in the national forest where their vehicle broke down.
The mother tried to walk out to get help, but died as a result of exposure to the elements, according to a news release. The daughter stayed with the vehicle and survived the elements. Police say the family has been notified and will be reunited with the daughter.
The incident is still under investigation but does not appear to be suspicious at this time.