Hiker finds second shoe
Posted: Saturday, Dec 04, 2004
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Pair might belong to Clune
SANDPOINT -- The mate to a shoe investigators suspect belongs to a man missing since last month has been discovered on the banks of the Pend Oreille River at Dover, Sandpoint Police said on Friday.
The shoe was found by a hiker on Thursday near the old Pack River sawmill, Police Chief Mark Lockwood said. The Adidas running shoe matches one found last month at the north end the U.S. Highway 95 Long Bridge, near the Condo Del Sol condominium complex.

Police believe the pair of shoes belong to 29-year-old Danny Clune, who has been missing since Nov. 6. Though a close friend recalled Clune buying that style of running shoe and police have linked them to a shoebox found in his home, Lockwood said it's still not unequivocal proof the shoes belong to Clune.

"There's nothing conclusive that they're his shoes," Lockwood said. "We still can't definitively say he's in the river."

Although the compass needle seems to point that direction, Lockwood said Adidas likely made thousands of that type of shoe and they are sold locally.

"Coincidences happen. We'll just have to continue our investigation," he said.

Clune was last seen at the Long Bridge Grill in Sagle, which is at the south end of its namesake. He was preparing to leave with friends, but became separated from them when he went to retrieve his jacket.
The disappearance has led to widespread speculation, including kidnapping and even murder. However, Lockwood said investigators have turned up no evidence to suggest Clune was the victim of foul play.

A $10,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to the safe return of Clune, and a Web site (www.finddanny.com) has been established to spread information about his disappearance.

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