Body of missing fisherman recovered in Fernan Lake

Fernan LakeUPDATE: Oct. 6, 2017 5:30 p.m.

The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office has been searching daily for Jesse A. Bishop, who went missing on Fernan Lake early Tuesday morning.  They used the Dive Rescue Team, the Sonar Team, and Cadaver Search Dogs from the KCSO Volunteer Search and Rescue Team.

At about 4:15 p.m. on Friday, the KCOS Sonar Team, with the assistance of the search dogs, located Bishop's body in about 5 to 7 feet of water. The Dive and Rescue team responded to the location and recovered him from the bottom of the lake. 

An autopsy will be conducted to determine the actual cause of death. 

The investigation is active and more information will be released when available. 


UPDATE Oct. 3, 2:30 p.m.: 

The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office has identified the missing fisherman as 60-year-old Jesse A. Bishop of Airway Heights. 

Deputies say Bishop and 19-year-old Nathaniel C. Storch went into Fernan Lake when their boat capsized early Tuesday morning. Storch was wearing a life jacket and was able to swim to shore. Deputies say Bishop was not wearing a life jacket and is still missing. 

The Sheriff's Office say the search for Bishop continues, however weeds in the area are slowing down the operation. 

We'll update you as soon as additional information is released. 

Previous Coverage: 

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Deputies say a water rescue in Fernan Lake has turned to a body recovery Tuesday morning after a boat capsized.

The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office says they received a call from a fisherman about a drowning at the east end of Fernan Lake just after 5:00 a.m. Tuesday. 

The Sheriff's Office says two people were on an aluminum boat transporting gear from the East Fernan boat launch to some land on the south side of the lake. While crossing the lake, the boat capsized and both people went into the water. 

One of the occupants was able to swim to shore, but the second boater is still missing and the Kootenai County Dive Rescue Team responded to search. 

Spokane County Air 1 was also called in to help with the search. 

The second boater is still missing and an active search is underway. 

Names have not been released, but we will update this story as soon as we confirm additional details. 

(story:; photo: Morgan Marum, KHQ)

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