Remains found of missing Idaho woman; man now faces murder, kidnapping charges

Posted at 10:50 AM, Jun 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-05 12:50:57-04

JACKSON, Wyo. — Authorities say human remains found on a property in western Wyoming are those of an Idaho woman who has been missing for four years.

The Jackson Hole News and Guide reports Joann Hakes' remains were found near the tiny town of Etna, Wyoming, on May 18.

The Pocatello native was last seen Jan. 3, 2015, leaving the Silver Stream Lodge near Afton, Wyoming with two men -- and carrying only her debit card.

Hakes, who was living in Afton at the time, left behind her cellphone, purse, car and a few items of clothing, officials said.

Lincoln County Sheriff's Office investigators say Ronald Weerheim, of Chubbuck, Idaho, is being held at the Bannock County Jail, until he can be extradited to Wyoming. He is facing charges of first-degree murder, second-degree murder and kidnapping.

On-line jail documents do not indicate if Weerheim has an attorney.

(by Associated Press)