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#MISSING: Jason Gritten, 35 & Patrick Lusk, 27 - Coeur d'Alene, IDAHO (did not return after a planned camping and canoeing trip)

Idaho County officials say the outlook is grim for finding a pair of missing campers alive.
Coeur d'Alene residents Patrick Lusk, 27, and Jason Gritten, 35, have been missing since Sunday. Family members alerted the sheriff's office after the pair did not return home as planned from a camping and canoeing trip.
Idaho County Sheriff Doug Giddings said searchers from the county are no longer actively combing the area of the Salmon River where the men were camping, although a few family members remain. It's unlikely the men survived, he said.
"All signs indicate that the men are in the river," he said.
Giddings said the Lusk and Gritten made camp not far from French Creek, then drove upriver and canoed across to spend time at a small, little-known hot springs in the area. Investigators determined the men left the hot springs and got back in their canoe to head downstream to the area where they had made camp.
They never arrived.
Searchers found the canoe capsized in the water, but there was no sign of Lusk and Gritten. The steep terrain near the river is difficult to search, and Giddings says if the men made it to shore, they would not have gone far.
"They don't wander off into the forest - the mountains are straight up," he said. "They're not in the woods, walking around lost."
In addition, the river is too swift and treacherous to allow divers to search underwater. The sheriff's office used spotlights, boats and even a helicopter to look for the men.
"If they were alive, they'd be standing over there, waving to them [and] saying'help,'" Giddings said.
 
[SOURCE]: http://www.ktvb.com/story/news/local/idaho/2015/05/22/missing-men-idaho-county/27794227/
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