Reward offered in Clune disappearance
Posted: Thursday, Nov 18, 2004
By KEITH KINNAIRD
News editor

Family worries public interest will wane
SANDPOINT -- A $2,500 reward is being offered for information that leads to the safe return of a Sandpoint man missing since Nov. 6.

Danny Clune was last seen at a lounge in Sagle shortly before 2 a.m.
Clune's siblings flew from New Jersey to Idaho last week in the hope of tracking down their brother or finding information that leads to his whereabouts.

Clune's brother and sister, Kristen and Ryan, are returning home this week, but they don't want the public's awareness of the case to fade.

"We just don't want to leave here and have it disappear," Kristen Clune said on Tuesday.

Danny Clune is scheduled to fly from the Inland Northwest to his parents' home in Point Pleasant, N.J., on Saturday for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. His family is still holding out hope that he'll make the trip.
"My mom is praying on Saturday morning he'll get on the plane," said Kristen Clune.

Clune, 29, went missing after having drinks with friends at the Long Bridge Grill. Kristen Clune said her brother became separated from the group when he went back into the lounge to get his jacket.
That's the last time his friends saw him, and there has been no activity in his banking or mobile phone accounts since then.

Though many around town suspect Clune might have fallen off the Long Bridge into the Pend Oreille River while walking back to town, family members discount the theory and are focussing on who might have seen him leave the lounge that night.

"The piece of the puzzle that's missing is that he was getting ready to leave with his group of friends and then was nowhere to be found," Kristen Clune said.

Sandpoint Police and Bonner County Sheriff's investigators have been sorting through a number of leads that have come in since appealing to the public for information.

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