Man missing from Fernan Saddle area found alive in ravine

Joel Brown

KOOTENAI CO., Idaho — A man missing from the Fernan Saddle area was found alive, but stuck in the ravine on Tuesday.

The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office said 37-year-old Joel Brown was located by volunteer search and rescue crews Tuesday afternoon.

Brown was reported missing on Sunday night. His vehicle had been seen on FSR 499 near Fernan Saddle Friday, but he was reported missing after he did not show up for work on Saturday.

Crews began searching for him Sunday, but had to postpone the search due to storms and the threat of lightening strikes in the mountains.

When he was found, Brown was suffering from mild hypothermia. Due to his location, Two Bear Air from Flathead Montana responded with their helicopter and hoisted him from the ravine. He was then taken to Kootenai Health to be evaluated.

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