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Search continues for Scott Shawver

Shawver jumped into Lake Cd'A Saturday evening

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Posted: Thursday, August 7, 2014 12:00 am | Updated: 9:33 am, Thu Aug 7, 2014.

COEUR d'ALENE - The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office's sonar team planned to return to Lake Coeur d'Alene early today to resume the search for Gary Scott "Scotty" Shawver.

Shawver, 57, a well-known Post Falls body shop owner, has been missing since Saturday evening when he jumped from a boat into the lake near Stevens Point to reportedly retrieve a hat that had fallen into the water. Witnesses say the man was unable to make it back to the vessel.

According to Lt. Stu Miller, the sheriff's office sonar boat was deployed for a total of 20 hours on Monday and Tuesday, scouring an area of the lake that was targeted using the GPS location taken from where the 911 call was made.

"Today I gave the sonar team a break from the search. Between the heat and the other variables on the lake the search has been difficult," Miller said Wednesday. "We focused on processing new information from several witnesses who saw the incident from their homes on the lake."

Based on that information, the search area is now being expanded to the north and east.

"We're also looking at the wind speed and direction at the time the incident occurred in order to pinpoint a more precise location," Miller added.

Miller said the sonar team would be on the lake early today, searching before most boat activity begins.

"That channel is probably the busiest area we have on the lake," Miller said. "It's a real hub of activity and that makes the search efforts a little more difficult. They've been performing high quality, really saturated searches but we are hoping if they get into the water earlier than 6 a.m. the quality will increase."

Past efforts by the sheriff's office to locate bodies in the lake have met with mixed results. A few years ago, Miller said, a youth drowned in the open part of the lake. Using the GPS location from the 911 call and taking into account wind speed, they were able to find the body within an hour.

"But in that incident the weather conditions were nowhere near as extreme as they were on Saturday," Miller said.

In 1996, prior to the sheriff's office acquisition of a boat equipped with sonar, Miller said a boy jumped off the back of a cruise boat on Lake Coeur d'Alene. His body was never recovered.

"We didn't have the equipment then but whenever we do training on the boat, we still try to find him," Miller said.

When prominent Spokane Realtor Gary Fox drowned after falling from his boat in April 2006 near Carlin Bay, it took searchers five days to recover the man's body.

At this point, there are no plans to stop the search for Shawver.

"We're taking it day-by-day," Miller said. "We'll do everything we can to make sure he's brought back to the family. That's our No. 1 goal."

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  • Cookie posted at 1:47 am on Fri, Aug 8, 2014.

    Cookie Posts: 90

    I agree with you all. Whoever writes the headlines at the Press needs to go. This is very insensitive, as per usual for this paper. It's like they're too concerned with being wacky, catchy, and fun about their headlines that they lose track of the sensitive situation at hand. Very unfortunate. How about giving us serious, informative, and appropriate headlines like an actual professional newspaper.

  • cd1013 posted at 10:37 pm on Thu, Aug 7, 2014.

    cd1013 Posts: 157

    I find it hard to believe anyone actually thinks the Cd'A Mess has anything to do with journalism. It's a fish wrap litter box liner at best.

  • jmowreader posted at 7:16 pm on Thu, Aug 7, 2014.

    jmowreader Posts: 1130

    Maybe he jumped over the stern and conked his head on his boat's drive unit.

  • petand posted at 3:51 pm on Thu, Aug 7, 2014.

    petand Posts: 134

    Headline on the front page of my paper has not changed. Right after the Arfee incident there was headline about how an "image problem dogs police." I complained to the article reporter that I thought that was a little bit of an insensitive jab with everything concerning that still so fresh and his response was he didn't write the headlines. Apparently they have specialists for that who are pretty obviously clueless!

  • DianeC posted at 2:05 pm on Thu, Aug 7, 2014.

    DianeC Posts: 1

    Am I the only one wondering how this even happened??? It is truly tragic, but we have no details on this story. We are boaters, how do you jump off your boat and not re-surface?? Who was on the boat with him? Who's boat was it? Had he been drinking? Did anyone on the boat try to dive in to find him or was he on the boat alone? Why are we always kept in the dark about these unpleasant stories? Pretty sure I know why, but this brings up lots of questions that so far have never been answered! Time to cancel my subscription!

  • Flash Gordon posted at 1:41 pm on Thu, Aug 7, 2014.

    Flash Gordon Posts: 1217

    Apparently no one at the Press has any common sense or sensitivity regarding Mr. Shawver's family. The press owes the Shawver family an apology.

  • Cdajon posted at 1:22 pm on Thu, Aug 7, 2014.

    Cdajon Posts: 359

    Quacks with barrels of ink. Duane isn't going to take this lightly. Heads at the press will roll.

  • slshamion posted at 12:51 pm on Thu, Aug 7, 2014.

    slshamion Posts: 101

    CDA Press hits a new all-time low with this one. Who would write, and then someone else approve, such a tasteless and disrespectful title?

  • Cdajon posted at 12:25 pm on Thu, Aug 7, 2014.

    Cdajon Posts: 359

    Can the editor. What a disrespectful title. A bunch of quacks.

  • SHIPOFFOOLS posted at 11:59 am on Thu, Aug 7, 2014.

    SHIPOFFOOLS Posts: 633

    Agree that this is beyond, far beyond, journalism. Here Scotty. Here Scotty. Where are you Scotty. CDA Press, get real. Any 4th grader could have come up with a better heading.

  • Spikey posted at 11:21 am on Thu, Aug 7, 2014.

    Spikey Posts: 350

    Appalling judgment on this title. The Press owes a public apology to the family and to the readers. I would ask what were you thinking, however it is evident nobody was thinking. Sick!

  • ResidentofHayden posted at 11:16 am on Thu, Aug 7, 2014.

    ResidentofHayden Posts: 30

    This is truly tragic...I feel so bad for his family and close friends. I have a question, though. Why is the area of the lake where they are searching not being closed off? Wouldn't this be treated somewhat like a crime scene until all the evidence of what happened has been gathered and processed? All they have is the word of some witnesses...but who really knows? I say close off this busy area until a thorough, uninterrupted search can be completed. Find the body, but also find out what really took place. On a side note, glad to see the Press changed the title of the article. Whoever came up with the former one needs a good *** chewing.

  • 986crazy posted at 10:21 am on Thu, Aug 7, 2014.

    986crazy Posts: 397

    Agreed, horrible title.

  • teacher2 posted at 9:33 am on Thu, Aug 7, 2014.

    teacher2 Posts: 17

    I agree with bjarneriis!! The title of this article needs to be changed. There are a lot of people suffering from this loss and the CD'A Press is trivializing this tragedy!

  • fromidaho posted at 9:32 am on Thu, Aug 7, 2014.

    fromidaho Posts: 12

    Absolutely agree. Please change the title ASAP out of respect for the family and community.

  • bjarneriis posted at 8:50 am on Thu, Aug 7, 2014.

    bjarneriis Posts: 7

    You have to be kidding, "Where's Scotty?" That has to be the most disrespectful title of an article dealing with this type of thing I have ever seen. We're talking about a human being here, not somebodies lost dog. And you call this journalism?

  • SKGOP posted at 6:11 am on Thu, Aug 7, 2014.

    SKGOP Posts: 285

    In the 1980's, in Puget Sound, WA. The 37 year old son of owner of "Taylors Landing" in Mukilteo, fell off his sail boat one afternoon. No life jacket and to this day his body has not been found. CDA lake is a closed body of water, but if body gets lodged or snagged at bottom, it too may not surface. Such a tragic event and such a wonderful person. talks about life and beyond.

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