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    ID - Dan Clune, 29, Sandpoint, 6 Nov 2004

    Dan Clune, who is the lead programmer for Book Crossing (another forum I belong to) has been missing since November 6.

    Dan was last seen shortly before 2 a.m. at the Long Bridge Grill, which sits at the south end of the bridge spanning the Pend Oreille River in Sandpoint, ID. Those who know Clune know it's out of character for him to miss work or stay out of contact with friends and colleagues, which has them worried for his safety. The Sandpoint community and police have continued to search the area for him, and his family has offered a $2,500 reward for information that leads to his return.

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    Clune was last seen wearing a blue beanie-style cap, a blue zip-up sweatshirt and blue jeans. He is 5 feet, 6 inches tall and weighs about 140 pounds. He has dark hair and brown eyes. A recent photograph shows him with long hair, although he now wears it cropped closely to his scalp.

    Anybody with information about Clune's whereabouts is asked to call Bonner Dispatch at 265-5525 or Sandpoint Police at 265-1482.

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    Family and friends of Dan have set up a website.
    Please take a look, there is also a message board:

    FindDanny.com

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    Brits offer to double reward in Clune disappearance

    Posted: Wednesday, Nov 24, 2004 - 08:05:24 am PST
    By KEITH KINNAIRD
    News editor

    Family starts Web site

    SANDPOINT -- The British element of the BookCrossing.com community is offering to double the reward for information that leads to the safe return of a Sandpoint man who has been missing since Nov. 6.

    Family of Danny Clune put up a $2,500 reward last week. A few days later people in the United Kingdom offered to match the award, bringing it to $5,000.

    Clune is a programmer for BookCrossing.com, which uses an online book registry and tracking system to promote the sharing of books and literature.

    "As you know Danny is a member of the staff at Bookcrossing.com, and in the short time he's been there I think it's true to say that all the members of the site (over 300,000 worldwide) have learned to greatly value his work," said Steve Lucas of Coventry, England in e-mail correspondence to the Bee. "In short, we'd like to see him back: with his family and loved ones in the first instance, and if possible back at Bookcrossing too."

    In the meantime, Clune's family has established a Web site to corral and distribute information about the missing man. It features a picture and descriptive information about Clune, in addition to links to media stories about the case.

    The site is found at http://www.finddanny.com.

    Clune was last seen shortly before 2 a.m. at the Long Bridge Grill in Sagle. He was reportedly preparing to leave with friends when he went back into the lounge to get his sweat jacket.

    Clune, 29, was last seen wearing a blue beanie-style cap, a blue sweat jacket and blue jeans. He stands 5-foot-6, weighs about 140 pounds, and has brown hair and brown eyes.

    Friends and family describe him as responsible, not someone who would drop out of sight without telling anyone.

    Since the disappearance, Sandpoint's rumor mill has been in overdrive. One rumor making the rounds on Monday was that Clune's body was discovered in a horse trailer in Sagle.

    "I've heard that, too. But there's no truth to it. No body has been recovered," said Sandpoint Police Detective Steve Feldhausen, who is leading the investigation into Clune's disappearance.

    Those with information about the case are asked to call Sandpoint Police (265-1482) Bonner Dispatch (265-5525) or e-mail the information to the Clune Web site (finddanny@gmail.com).

    http://www.bonnercountydailybee.com/...ews/news03.txt

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    Company offers $5G to help find missing man

    Published in the Asbury Park Press 12/01/04
    By JUSTIN VELLUCCI
    KEYPORT BUREAU

    A Manhattan-based pet products manufacturer pledged $5,000 yesterday to help find former Matawan and Point Pleasant Beach resident Dan Clune, bringing the total reward for information leading to the safe return of the missing man to $10,000.

    The Sporn Company, which employs Dan Clune's sister Kristen as an illustrator and graphic designer, offered the matching reward to provide a bigger incentive for people to come forward with information about Dan's disappearance, President Joe Sporn said.

    "The reason is we, as a company, have a real interest in helping the family find their son and their brother," Sporn said. "Whatever we can do to help that, to get his safe return, is what our goal here is."

    Dan Clune, 29, was last seen around 2 a.m. Nov. 6 at Long Bridge Grill outside Sandpoint, a small, northern Idaho town where he moved roughly a year ago. He was reported missing Nov. 8.

    The Clune family offered a $2,500 reward to drum up infor mation about Dan Clune's disappearance after Kristen Clune, 25, and her younger brother Ryan Clune, 24, flew out to Idaho earlier this month. Dan Clune's employer, BookCrossing.Com, then pledged a matching reward of $2,500, Kristen Clune said.

    Kristen Clune said she didn't anticipate The Sporn Company's reward, which she learned about Tuesday morning.

    "The president of my company came up to my office today and said he'd been thinking about my brother, and he'd like to offer that to us," she said yesterday. "I couldn't even speak. I cried."

    The Clune family is hoping the rewards help spread the word about Dan's disappearance.

    "The more people that know about this, the better," Kristen Clune said.

    Dan Clune is 5 feet 6 inches tall, 140 pounds and has brown hair and brown eyes.

    Anyone with information about his disappearance should call the Sandpoint Police Department at (208) 265-1482 or Bonner County Central Dispatch at (208) 265-5525.

    http://www.app.com/app/story/0,21625,1129255,00.html

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    Sneaker found by the river.

    http://www.bonnercountydailybee.com/.../02/news01.txt

    Maybe someone can link this. I've tried.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ShowerSinger
    http://www.bonnercountydailybee.com/.../02/news01.txt

    Maybe someone can link this. I've tried.
    Family still holding out hope
    SANDPOINT -- A shoe found washed up along the Pend Oreille River has been linked to a Sandpoint man who has been missing since Nov. 6, Sandpoint Police said on Wednesday.
    The lightweight Adidas running shoe was found on the west side of the river at the north end of the U.S. Highway 95 Long Bridge and investigators believe it belongs to Danny Clune, said Det. Steve Feldhausen.
    "A shoe has been recovered that is the same size, style and coloration of a known pair Mr. Clune has owned," Feldhausen said.

    http://www.bonnercountydailybee.com/...ews/news01.txt

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    Shoe found by river linked to Danny Clune

    Posted: Thursday, Dec 02, 2004
    By KEITH KINNAIRD
    News editor

    Family still holding out hope

    SANDPOINT -- A shoe found washed up along the Pend Oreille River has been linked to a Sandpoint man who has been missing since Nov. 6, Sandpoint Police said on Wednesday.

    The lightweight Adidas running shoe was found on the west side of the river at the north end of the U.S. Highway 95 Long Bridge and investigators believe it belongs to Danny Clune, said Det. Steve Feldhausen.

    "A shoe has been recovered that is the same size, style and coloration of a known pair Mr. Clune has owned," Feldhausen said.

    A close friend of Clune's recognized the shoe from a pair Clune bought in Sandpoint and it was also matched to a shoebox found in Clune's residence, said Feldhausen.

    The find will undoubtedly stoke speculation that Danny Clune drowned in the Pend Oreille River, but Feldhausen emphasizes the shoe is not decisive proof of Clune's demise.

    "It's not conclusive," he said, adding that the case remains under investigation.

    Feldhausen said a man walking along the shore saw the shoe on Sunday, Nov. 7, the day after Clune was last seen, but several days before Clune's disappearance was publicized.

    "The person that found it actually observed it on Sunday afternoon while walking in that area. After noticing and reading the articles, he brought it to our attention on the 12th," said Feldhausen.

    Police recovered the shoe and have spent the last few weeks verifying that it indeed belonged to Clune.

    The finding of the shoe has not dimmed the Clune family's hope that Danny will be found alive, according to Danny's sister, Kristen Clune.

    "We're still hopeful and it hasn't changed our outlook," she said from her home in New York City on Wednesday.

    Kristen Clune acknowledges the shoe might be her brother's, but there still is some shades of doubt. She said the shoe is size 9, and Danny wears a 9 1/2.

    Danny Clune was last seen drinking with friends at the Long Bridge Grill, a lounge and restaurant at the south end of the Long Bridge.

    The prevailing theory around town is that he fell into the river while walking back to town on the pedestrian bridge. Danny Clune's family, however, does not by into such speculation.

    The Bonner County Sheriff's dive team searched beneath the bridge again on Tuesday, and the marine patrol has scoured both sides of the river from the Long Bridge to the railroad bridge west of Wrenco. The river has also been checked downstream to the Albeni Falls Dam east of Oldtown, said Lt. Cary Kelly, who supervises the marine patrol.

    "If he went into the water, my feeling is that he's probably still in the water," he said.

    Sonar has been used, but there's a chance it could only discern a body if it's suspended in the river. Kelly said a body lying prone on the bed of the river would likely blend into its surroundings and become silted over.

    "I wish we could do more. We're frustrated just like everybody else," he said.

    A $10,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to the safe return of Danny Clune. Those with information are asked to call Sandpoint Police at 265-1482 or Bonner Dispatch at 265-5525.

    http://www.bonnercountydailybee.com/...ews/news01.txt

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    Remains found...

    http://www.bonnercountydailybee.com/...ews/news03.txt


    Hope this link works.
    Interesting comments from the family about the fund set up.

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    Police: Body identified as Daniel Clune

    Posted: Thursday, Dec 23, 2004
    By R.J. COHN
    Staff writer

    SANDPOINT -- It was the news his family had been dreading since Danny Clune vanished after a night out with friends in early November.

    Wednesday, Bonner County Sheriff's officials positively identified a body pulled from the Pend Oreille River in Dover over weekend as that of missing 29-year-old computer programmer.

    "It's been a long ordeal, especially for the Clune family, and I'm so sorry it had to end this way," said Bonner County Sheriff-elect Elaine Savage.

    Clune had been missing since Nov. 6 after a night out with friends at the Long Bridge Grill in Sagle. The body was discovered by a duck hunter near the old mill site in Dover.

    Identification was made through the use of dental records, according to sheriff's officials.

    All members of the family have been notified, Savage said.

    Savage said no cause of death will be listed until toxicology reports are completed. Also, final autopsy reports are pending. Those reports usually take more time to complete.

    "Our hearts will be forever broken," said Clune's sister, Kristen Clune said in a statement prepared by the family before identification was finalized.

    "He was a wonderful son and brother and not a day will go by without us thinking of him. He will be truly missed by all of his friends. He has touched lives all over the world, and I am sure their hearts are breaking as well."

    Clune had been missing since the early morning hours of Nov. 6. He was last spotted having a night out with friends at the Long Bridge Grill, a restaurant and lounge which is upstream from where the body was located.

    While many feared Clune fell into the water while walking back to town on the Long Bridge, family members had hoped that was not the case.

    Initially, there was no clues on what had happened to Clune. However, investigators later found two running shoes of a type worn by Clune that had washed ashore in the weeks following his disappearance.

    After discovery of the body, Bonner County Sheriff's Det. Lt. John Valdez cautioned against jumping to conclusions,sayiing there are a half-dozen active missing persons cases in Bonner County, some of which dated back to the 1960s.

    The body was turned over to the county coroner and was taken to Spokane for examination by a forensic pathologist, Valdez said.

    A $10,000 reward had been offered for information leading to the safe return of Clune, a New Jersey native who moved here more than a year ago. The case also gained national attention when it was featured earlier this month on the Court TV program "Catherine Crier Live."

    In the weeks since Clune's disappearance, two dogs trained to locate bodies were brought in from Bonners Ferry and Libby, Mont., to aid in the search. One dog was used to hunt on land around the bridge, while the other was perched on the bow of a Bonner County Sheriff's johnboat, trying to pick up a sent from the waters on the west side of the bridge.

    A Web site (http://www.finddanny.com) was established to spread the word about Clune's disappearance and to take in information and tips. Posters have been put up around the area as well as in downtown Spokane.

    In the statement, the family thanked everyone for helping search for Danny Clune.

    "We would like to thank Sandpoint Police Det. Steven Feldhausen for his help in this trying time," the family said. "Detective Feldhausen has been unceasing in his pursuit of an answer to Danny's disappearance. He has treated the family with respect and compassion and for that we will be forever grateful.

    "The Clune family would also like to thank the Bonner County Search and Rescue team, the Marine Patrol, and all the investigators from Bonner County and Sandpoint.

    "Finally we would like to thank all of Danny's friends who interrupted their lives to fly to Idaho to help in the search and the dissemination of information."

    http://www.bonnercountydailybee.com/...ews/news01.txt


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    What a sad ending...
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    I would like to take the opportunity to thank those who stepped forward and offered support to the family during the search. This young man touched many lives, and that is so evident by the outpouring of love from all over the world for Danny.

    I know he was loved by many, and will be sorely missed.

    We now pray for more answers and for justice.

    Prayers of comfort, Lanie

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    I was wondering if there are any updates to Dan's case or if it is considered closed by Le and the Clune family?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blink34 View Post
    I was wondering if there are any updates to Dan's case or if it is considered closed by Le and the Clune family?
    This is the latest I could find:
    http://finddanny.com/dailyb.html

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    Doesn't this sound like the other drowning cases involving college type men? He was at a bar, got separated from his friends, and then found in water with no visible signs of trama...Just a thought.
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