Dogs used in hunt for missing resident
Posted: Thursday, Nov 11, 2004
News editor

Whereabouts of Dan Clune still unknown

SAGLE -- Bloodhounds were pressed into service Wednesday in the hunt for a Sandpoint man who has been missing for at least five days.

Investigators from the city of Sandpoint and the Bonner County's Sheriff's office used the dogs to try and pick up Daniel Harry Clune's scent, but were unsuccessful, according to Sandpoint Police Chief Mark Lockwood.

The area around and under the U.S. Highway 95 Long Bridge was originally checked on Monday, the day friends reported Clune missing, but the search turned nothing up, Lockwood said.

Clune, a 29-year-old software programmer from Sandpoint, was last seen shortly before 2 a.m. at the Long Bridge Grill, which sits at the south end of the bridge spanning the Pend Oreille River. Those who know Clune say it's out of character for him to miss work or stay out of contact with friends and colleagues, which has them worried for his safety.

Sandpoint Police issued a media statement on Monday asking for the public's help in finding Clune. Meanwhile, friends put up posters around town.

One of the theories making the rounds in Sandpoint on Tuesday was that he might have fallen into the river while walking on the bridge on his way back to town.

Lockwood said Clune's residence was checked, as were his personal business records, such as bank accounts and mobile phone records

"We're not getting any activity in the cell phone or the bank account," Lockwood said.
The public appeals for information have yeilded a number of leads.

"But we haven't gotten a lead that's led us anywhere," said Lockwood.
Clune was last seen wearing a blue beanie-style cap, a blue zip-up sweatshirt and blue jeans. He is 5 feet, 6 inches tall and weighs about 140 pounds. He has dark hair and brown eyes. A recent photograph shows him with long hair, although he now wears it cropped closely to his scalp.

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