SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) — New evidence has turned up in an investigation into the shooting death of a 73-year-old northern Idaho man, authorities said.
Investigators with the Bonner County Sheriff’s Office found unknown fingerprints from inside the home of George Andres, who was killed in early December, the Bonner County Daily Bee reported Wednesday.
Andres may have been shot after interrupting a burglary at his house north of Clark Fork, authorities said. Investigators believe at least two people were possibly involved in the killing.
Idaho State Police are analyzing the fingerprints and running them through a national database, Detective Phil Stella said.
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Andres was the second person killed last year in the Cabinet Mountain foothills in eastern Bonner County. Shirley Ann Ramey, 78, was found shot to death in her rural home last April.
Investigators have not conclusively linked the two deaths together, but the cases share similarities.
Shell casings were recovered from both scenes and are being analyzed by the Washington State Patrol Crime Laboratory and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Stella said. The examination of the evidence includes a DNA analysis that looks for microscopic skin cells.
The investigation into Ramey’s death is continuing. Stella said he’s confident people are out there who have information about the killing.
“I absolutely think someone knows what happened,” Stella said.
Information from: Bonner County (Idaho) Daily Bee, http://www.bonnercountydailybee.com