04-08-2011, 08:00 AM #1
ID - Lavina Hietala, 72, Kamiah, 1 April 2011
ISP: Missing woman's grandson now 'person of interest' 4
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Story Created: Apr 7, 2011 at 12:53 PM MDT
Story Updated: Apr 7, 2011 at 12:55 PM MDT
KAMIAH, Idaho - Idaho State Police have identified a person of interest into the disappearance into a 72-year-old Idaho woman.
Last edited by summer_breeze; 07-23-2011 at 06:04 AM.
04-10-2011, 06:33 AM #2
In brief: Grandson held in disappearance
April 8, 2011
From Staff And Wire Reports
04-13-2011, 07:01 PM #3
ISP: Missing Kamiah woman may be in river
Associated Press - April 13, 2011 6:14 PM ET
LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) - The Idaho State Police have scaled back a search for a missing Kamiah woman, saying they have developed information that she "probably ended up in the Clearwater River."
04-14-2011, 09:20 PM #4
Investigators think missing Kamiah woman ended up in Clearwater River
KAMIAH - Investigators say the search for 72-year-old Lavina Hietala of Kamiah is likely a search for her body. They said evidence shows she probably ended up in the Clearwater River.
Also, information from Lewis County Court files indicate that in June of 2009, Justin Hietala, Lavina's grandson, pleaded guilty to charges of battery against her.
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Praying Lavina is found soon. Finding her alive would be a true miracle, at this point.
04-15-2011, 12:46 AM #5Former Member
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Cops: Missing woman may have drowned
Investigators believe a Kamiah, Idaho, woman missing since April 1 may have drowned in the Clearwater River.
They're not sure if Lavina Hietala's disappearance was the result of foul play and are asking for information on the activities of her grandson, Justin M. Hietala, from March 28 to April 1.
04-15-2011, 12:30 PM #6
Search continues for missing Idaho woman
Posted: Apr 15, 2011 7:15 AM
by Angela Marshall - KPAX
Updated: Apr 15, 2011 8:47 AM
Idaho resident Lavina Hietala, 72, is still missing and authorities are searching for clues.
04-19-2011, 03:26 PM #7Former Member
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More people than you may think vanish every year in and around Idaho
At about the same time Evans’ bone was found, a Kamiah woman was added to the list under “endangered.” Lavina Hietala disappeared from her home April 1.
Idaho State Police Lt. Charlie Spencer said investigators have evidence that Hietala “ended up” in the Clearwater River, which is less than a half-mile from her home.
“We have not ruled out foul play,” Spencer said via email. “We have gathered evidence in this case. However, we really don’t know what it means and may not know until we find Lavina.”
Spencer said he couldn’t release details on why investigators believe Hietala is in the river.
He said Hietala’s grandson, Justin Hietala, is a “person of interest” because he lived with her. He is in jail, accused of burglarizing a local business.
“We have talked with him, and he has been unable to provide us with any information leading to Lavina’s location,” Spencer said. “We don’t have any suspects in this case so far.
“Once we find Lavina then we will have a better idea of what occurred. Until then we really don’t know what happened.”
04-29-2011, 09:43 AM #8
Investigators continue search for missing grandma
By Associated Press
Story Created: Apr 27, 2011 at 9:23 AM MDT
Story Updated: Apr 27, 2011 at 9:23 AM MDT
GRANGEVILLE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho State Police detectives say they're still searching for a missing 72-year-old Kamiah woman.
05-03-2011, 02:16 PM #9Former Member
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Investigators wait for ID on body found in river, say it could be missing grandma from Kamiah
Officials in Asotin County, Washington say a body pulled from the Snake River on Sunday hasn't been officially identified yet but could belong to a missing grandmother from Kamiah, Idaho.
05-08-2011, 07:40 AM #10
Body found in Snake River identified
Posted: May 07, 2011 11:39 PM EDT
Updated: May 07, 2011 11:39 PM EDT
Body found is NOT Lavina.
05-09-2011, 07:43 PM #11
Was there more than one body recovered?????
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
First Posted: May 09, 2011 - 6:49 pm
Last Updated: May 09, 2011 - 6:49 pm
Idaho State Police believe body pulled from Snake River is missing grandmother
05-10-2011, 06:19 PM #12
Body of missing Idaho woman found
Posted: May 10, 2011 9:46 AM
by Angela Marshall (KPAX News)
Updated: May 10, 2011 9:46 AM
05-13-2011, 11:10 AM #13
Body recovered in Snake River believed to be that of Hietala
Idaho State Police investigators have tentatively identified a body found in the Snake River as Lavina I. Hietala of Kamiah.
Fishermen discovered the badly decomposed body May 1 approximately one mile east of the Central Ferry Bridge in Garfield County, Wash.
I find it perplexing that if this is Lavina, as to why it would be badly decomposed, after being missing for one month. This area has had very cool temperatures since that time with the exception of possibly 2 days, with temps above 60 degrees. Unless she was placed in the river after decomposition had already began.
Maybe my thinking is flawed but I was under the impression that decomp was fairly slow in cold water. Hmmm ...
05-16-2011, 07:17 AM #14
Body in river believed to be missing grandma
Posted on May 10, 2011 at 5:49 AM
Awaiting DNA results for confirmation. (3 month wait potentially)
07-23-2011, 06:06 AM #15
DNA confirms body found in Snake River is missing Kamiah woman
By KBOI Web Staff
Published: Jul 22, 2011 at 5:52 PM MDT
LEWISTON, Idaho - Idaho State Police said Friday that DNA tests have confirmed a body pulled from the Snake River is that of an Idaho woman who disappeared earlier this year.
Rest in Peace Ms. Hietala.
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