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Body found in Payette River identified as missing Kuna man

Jerry Coburn is believed to have crashed his pickup into the Payette River, off of Highway 55, on Sunday. His family continues to search for him.
Jerry Coburn is believed to have crashed his pickup into the Payette River, off of Highway 55, on Sunday. His family continues to search for him. Boise

Gem County Coroner John Buck confirmed Friday that the body found in the Payette River has been identified as the 43-year-old Kuna man who went missing in May.

On Thursday, a citizen spotted the body, later identified as Jerry Coburn, near a rural community bridge in Montour and notified authorities.

The family of Coburn previously said he was driving in the area at that time and went missing. The coroner identified the body using dental records and fingerprints.

The site is downstream of where witnesses saw a truck go into the river in Boise County on May 7. Boise County sheriff’s deputies and volunteers conducted a search after the pickup was seen driving off Idaho 55 around 9 a.m. north of the Gardena bridge .

Coburn’s family has reported finding pieces of his car and other personal items in the river.

Buck said the coroner’s office has sent fingerprints to the state lab to determine if they match Coburn’s. He hopes to get dental records for Coburn soon, too.

Katy Moeller: 208-377-6413, @KatyMoeller

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