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Remains of man missing since 1995 found in Bonner County

 
January 21, 2022

Daniel Glennon
The Bonner County Sheriff's office today confirmed that human remains found by loggers in a remote area of the county in October are those of a man who has been missing for more than 25-years.

On October 27, the Bonner County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a citizen in regard to finding possible human remains. The remains were located by a logging crew in a wooded, undeveloped area off Wrenco Loop Road. Bonner County deputies, detectives and coroner all responded to the area and confirmed the remains were human.

An initial recovery of remains and clothing was made at that time. A visual inspection of the remains indicated they were likely decades old.

On November 2, a full excavation of the area was conducted. The excavation team consisted of five Bonner County , three members of the Bonner County Coroner’s Office, and four doctoral students from the University of Montana Forensic Anthropology Department.

The excavation involved digging with hand tools, sifting debris and metal detecting. Additional human remains, fragments of clothing, and a .22 caliber revolver were located underneath up to four inches of dirt and debris scattered in an area approximately 40 feet by 40 feet.

Based on their condition, detectives believed the remains were those of Daniel Glennon.

Glennon, 32 years old at the time, lived alone on Wrenco Loop Road and was last seen in Sandpoint in December, 1995. Glennon’s family reported him missing in May, 1996, after they had not heard from him.

Glennon was known by neighbors to enjoy hiking the area, and he also told his family he might move out-of-state for different employment. Over the years, multiple searches were conducted in the area, including by a diver searching a nearby beaver pond. No leads were developed explaining Glennon’s disappearance, and the case has remained open ever since.

Detectives and Coroner Rob Beers were able to obtain dental records for Glennon from his childhood dental office in Califon, New Jersey. These dental records and x-rays of the skull were examined by Forensic Odontology Consultant Lee Coppess of Hayden.

On January 13, 2022, Dr. Coppess reported the remains matched dental records for Daniel Glennon, with no discrepancies. Family of Daniel Glennon was notified of the positive identification. Preliminary investigation indicated the manner of death to be suicide. Glennon’s remains are currently being forensically examined at the University of Montana.

The Bonner County Sheriff’s Office and Bonner County Coroner’s Office would like to thank the reporting citizen, the University of Montana Forensic Anthropology Department, Glennon’s neighbors on Wrenco Loop Road, the Glennon family, Dr. Coppess, and retired BCSO Detective Howard Burke for the their assistance with this case.

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