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Bryan Edward Opstedahl










Missing Person Case September 2021


Opstedahl, approximately 2003




Date reported missing : 05/23/2003

Missing location (approx) :
Idaho County, Idaho
Missing classification : Lost/Injured Missing
Gender : Male
Ethnicity :
White


DOB : 01/05/1972 (49)
Age at the time of disappearance: 31 years old
Height / Weight : 5'10, 225 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : Caucasian male. Brown hair, blue eyes. Opstedahl wears eyeglasses.





Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Opstedahl was last seen in a remote area of Idaho County, Idaho on May 23, 2003. He was part of a caravan of vehicles, driving westbound on U.S. Highway 12 that evening. He drifted off the road, then overcorrected, and the truck went over an embankment and into the Lochsa River. Witnesses saw him inside the truck as it sank.
Due to adverse conditions, the truck wasn't recovered until August, months after the accident. By then, Opstedahl wasn't inside it. He is presumed to have drowned and his body washed away.
Opstedahl lived in Missoula, Montana and worked as a carpenter at the time of his disappearance. His body has never been found.


Other information and links : ncy

Idaho County Sheriff's Office
208-983-1100



September 2021 updates and sources

Idaho Bureau of Criminal Investigation
The Missoulian
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The Rapid City Journal




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