Elk Hunter Finds Remains of a missing hunter last seen in 1968

An Idaho bow hunter found the remains of a missing man while looking for a shortcut to another hunting spot.

Raymond Jones, a 39-year-old man from Salom, Idaho, was missing for 53 years since 1968. Jones had mountain goat hunting in Lemhi County when he was last seen on September 7, 1968.

“There were some other hunters in camp, but he was by himself when he disappeared,” Lemhi County Sheriff Steve Penner tells EastIdahoNews.com.

After Jones disappeared, Sheriff Bill Baker was called and launched an official search on September 9, 1968. The investigation was ended when severe snowy weather came through, and the body was never found.

A hunter called Lemhi County Sheriff’s Office on Friday around 4 p.m. to report remains that he found in the same area Jones disappeared.

“The hunter was seeking a shortcut from one hunting area to another when he found human remains and then contacted the sheriff’s office,” Penner says. “Due to the lack of remaining daylight and ruggedness of the terrain, recovery efforts began on the morning of the 18.”

Deputies found Jones’ wallet and the remains with his ID.

“It’s pretty wild, ain’t it? You have another bowhunter looking for a shortcut who stumbled upon a bowhunter from 53 years ago,” Penner says.

Jones’ family, including his wife, were contacted. Jones would have been 92 years old today.