Authorities search for vehicle possibly connected to Fernan Lake death investigation

KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho - Kootenai County Sheriff’s detectives are continuing to investigate the deaths of 25-year-old Misty Phelps and her two young children, and are now asking for help from the public.

The woman and her two children were found deceased in Fernan Lake on November 3, 2016 in a submerged car at the west Fernan Boat Launch.

Sheriff’s detectives are working to identify the people and vehicles that used that boat launch and parking area the night before the car was found.

Authorities are particularly interested in anyone that visited the launch between the hours of 8:00 PM and 10:30 PM, and are specifically seeking contact with the driver of a dark colored SUV seen leaving the area at 10:08 PM that night.

The vehicle is described as a dark colored SUV, possibly a Ford Bronco, late 1980s to early 1990s model, with Idaho license plates.

Additionally, the vehicle is equipped with custom headlights and custom LED lighting near the headlights. The headlights and LED lighting are color-tinted, or color-shifting, and are distinctive in appearance.

If you are the owner of this vehicle, or have seen this vehicle, please contact KCSO Detective Sergeant Brad Maskell by email: or Detective Terry Campbell,, or contact by telephone at (208) 446-2237.