Two counties investigate death of Mountain Home man

kmoeller@idahostatesman.comApril 25, 2013 

Investigators in two counties are examining the death of 67-year-old Russell Holsinger. The Mountain Home man's body and his vehicle were recovered Wednesday night from the C.J. Strike Reservoir near Cottonwood Park Campgrounds, about 24 miles south of Mountain Home.

The Elmore County Sheriff's Office said Holsinger had been missing since April 12. He was reported missing by his employer, Elmore County Chief Deputy Mike Barclay said Thursday.

Owyhee County Chief Deputy Lynn Bowman said a witness saw Holsinger driving around the Cottonwood campgrounds on Saturday. He was unsure what time of day Holsinger was spotted.

Holsinger's vehicle was found about 37 yards from shore. Bowman said a couple of boats ran into the vehicle in the water over the weekend, but a deputy that went to search for it initially was unable to locate it.

Investigators believe the vehicle went down the ramp at the park and into the water. There were no skid marks on the ramp, Bowman said.

Bowman said Holsinger was found inside the vehicle. He declined to discuss whether the body showed any sign of foul play.

An autopsy was conducted Thursday by a forensic pathologist at the Ada County Coroner's Office. The Owyhee County Coroner's Office said there was no definitive cause of death, and officials there were awaiting the pathologist's final autopsy report and a toxicology report.

Elmore County detectives are asking anyone who may have seen Holsinger or had contact with him in Owyhee County or at Cottonwood Campground to call the Elmore County Sheriff's Office at 208-587-2100 or the Owyhee County Sheriff's Office at 208-495-1154.

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