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John Randall French


Missing Person Case September 2021

French, approximately 2017

Date reported missing : 06/29/2017

Missing location (approx) :
Riggins, Idaho
Missing classification : Lost/Injured Missing
Gender : Male
Ethnicity :
Age at the time of disappearance: 54 years old
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : Caucasian male.

Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : French disappeared from Riggins, Idaho on June 29, 2017; he'd traveled to the area on a fishing trip. Police later found pieces of the vehicle he was driving on the embankment of U.S. 95 at Fiddle Creek, near mile marker 202. They believe he accidentally went off the road, rolled down the embankment, went into the Salmon River and drowned.
French's remains was not located until January 2020. A woman found a human hand on the bank of the Salmon River on January 5, and police who searched the area on January 27 and 28 found more human skeletal remains, including a cranium and mandible, about 100 yards downriver from the hand. In February, DNA confirmed all the located remains were French's.

Other information and links : ncy

Idaho County Sheriff's Office
Boise Police Department

September 2021 updates and sources

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The Idaho Spokesman-Review
Idaho Bureau of Criminal Investigation
The Lewis-Clark County Daily Fly

October 12, 2004. February 6, 2020; case resolved.