Authorities say remains found near Salmon River may be Boise man

Idaho County officials say human remains found along the Salmon River earlier this month may belong to a Boise man who disappeared on a fishing trip in 2017. Idaho County Sheriff Doug Giddings says the skeletal remains of a human hand have been sent to the University of North Texas Center for Human Identification. Giddings said it could be months before the results are known, but he believes the bones are likely those of 54-year-old John French, who drove into the river three years ago. The remains were discovered January 5th near Skookumchuck by a woman who was recreating in the area. Giddings said French is the only known missing person in the area. His pickup truck has not been found, though his license plate was discovered at the scene. (AP, LMT)