KCSO search for missing person in Fernan Saddle area

| June 29, 2020 10:46 AM

COEUR d’ALENE — The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office plans to continue a search Monday morning for a man reported missing in the Fernan Saddle area.

Joel Brown, 37, of Coeur d’Alene/Post Falls, was reported missing Sunday, a press release said. Deputies began searching the area for Brown, but due to an incoming storm and threat of lighting strikes in the mountains, the search was postponed until Monday morning.

On Friday, Brown’s vehicle was seen on Forest Service Road 499 near Fernan Saddle, according to a press release.

“Initially, it was thought the occupants were hiking in the area. On Sunday the vehicle was in the same area,” the release said. “Forest Service Law Enforcement Officers and Kootenai County Sheriff Deputies contacted Brown’s place of work and learned he did not show up for work on Saturday.”

Anyone who has seen or heard from Joel Brown is asked to contact the KCSO at 446-1300.