Court TV featuring Clune case
Posted: Wednesday, Dec 08, 2004
By KEITH KINNAIRD News editor


Bonner County Sheriff's marine deputy Ron Raiha moves his boat into position as Emily,
an Australian shepherd, tries to pick up a scent. Emily obscures one of her handlers,
Edith Stolley of Bonners Ferry. --Photo by KEITH KINNAIRD


SANDPOINT -- The case of a Sandpoint man who has been missing for the past month is gaining more national attention.

The disappearance of Danny Clune will be featured Friday on the Court TV program "Catherine Crier Live," according to Kristen Clune, who is Danny's sister. The program is scheduled for 5 p.m. (PST/EST).

Set to appear on the show are Kristen Clune; the family's matriarch, Joan; Danny's brother, Ryan; and Danny's uncle, Lou Rainone. Court TV bills "Catherine Crier Live" as a fast-paced show that examines the day's news through a legal perspective.

Last week, Clune's disappearance was discussed during the Fox News program, "On the Record with Greta Van Susterin."

Danny Clune, a 29-year-old Sandpoint resident, was last seen outside a Sagle lounge in the early morning hours of Nov. 6. There has been no sign of Danny since, although a pair of shoes investigators believe belong to him were found separately along the Pend Oreille River.

One shoe was found last month at the north end of the U.S. Highway 95 Long Bridge, near Condo Del Sol. The mate was found last week near the old mill at Dover, which is about two miles downstream from where the first shoe was found.

Investigators again turned their attention to the Long Bridge on Tuesday. Two dogs trained to locate bodies were brought in from Bonners Ferry and Libby, Mont. to aid in the search for Clune. One dog was used to hunt on land around the bridge, while the other was perched on the bow of a Bonner County Sheriff's johnboat, trying to pick up a sent from the waters on the west side of the bridge.

No new information about the case was being released on Tuesday, said Sandpoint Police Det. Steve Feldhausen.

Kristen Clune said the family planned on picking out its Christmas tree on Tuesday, but is holding off on hopes that Danny will be found.

"We all didn't feel right picking it out without Danny. We are hoping we will find him soon, and that he will help us pick a tree," she said in an e-mail message to The Daily Bee.

Kristen Clune also hopes there is somebody in the community who has information about her brother's disappearance.

A $10,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to the safe return of Danny Clune. Additional information about the case, including photographs of Clune and news accounts of his disappearance, can be found on the Web (www.finddanny.com).

• Those with information about Clune's disappearance are asked to call Sandpoint Police at 265-1482 or Bonner Dispatch at 265-5525.