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Searches continue for Woods, Johnson

Search efforts continue under coordination of the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO) for two individuals lost in unrelated incidents reported last Friday.

ICSO reports wet weather had hindered some search efforts.


Terrence Woods


Connie Johnson

Terrence Woods, 27, of Maryland, was last seen Oct. 5 at approximately 5:30 p.m. He was filming in the Orogrande area and was separated from his film crew. He was last seen near the Penman Mine near Orogrande.

That same day, at approximately 9:18 p.m., Connie Johnson, 76, of Nezperce, was reported missing up the Selway in the Fog Mountain area near Big Rock. Johnson was a camp cook at a hunting camp, and the last communication with her was that Tuesday, Oct. 2. When other members of her party arrived Friday, they were unable to locate her or her dog, Ace. The area was searched by Richey Outfitters and no tracks were found.

Those with information concerning Woods’ or Johnson’s whereabouts are asked to contact ICSO: 208-983-1100.

Along with ICSO personnel, search efforts for Woods included members of Idaho County Search and Rescue, Idaho County Posse, and U.S. Forest Service personnel.

Combing the Selway country for Johnson has included helicopters from Fairchild Air Force Base, and Clearwater County Back Country Rescue. The USFS Moose Creek Ranger District has six individuals –two on horseback, along with mules —- on the search, and Back Country Horseman also has two riders out searching.

ICSO was temporarily involved in a third search for Jose Mendez-Morales, 42, of Tacoma, Wash. He was reported overdue on Sunday, Oct.7, while en route to Elk City. However, he was safely located.


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