COEUR D’ALENE, ID — The body of a woman who has been missing since 2004 has been found in a remote wooded area of Kootenai County 12 years after she was first reported missing.
The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office announced on Thursday that the body of Christine Lott had been found along a forest Service Road near Coeur d’Alene in February of 2016.
Lott, a mother of three sons, was 33 years old when she vanished in 2004. Her husband, Steve Lott, was reportedly the last person to see her alive. Steve told police that he and his wife had been arguing the day she disappeared. The couple had been married for eight years.
Steve said that on March 25, she asked to be dropped off at Mitchell’s IGA grocery store in Priest River. Steve said that his wife made a call from a pay phone, and at around 11 A.M. he saw her get into a red 1990s model Ford pickup with Washington plates with another man. Steve was unable to describe the driver to authorities.
According to previous media reports, Steve waited two days before calling police to report Christine’s disappearance. He told investigators that he spent that time calling family and friends in an attempt to locate his wife.
Despite finding Christine’s remains over a year ago, the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office said in a release, “The news of her discovery was kept confidential until her husband could be located and interviewed by KCSO detectives.”
Officials have not yet commented on any potential suspects in the case.
Back in 2006, authorities said that there had been no contact between Christine and her family since the day she vanished in March of 2004. Steve reportedly left the state with the two younger children, neither of which are his biological sons, in 2006.
This case is being investigated as a homicide by the Bonner County Sheriff’s Office and the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office.
Police are asking anyone who interacted with the Lott family in 2004, or who have any other information, to contact Detective J. Northrup by leaving a message at (208) 446-2237 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Main photo: Christine Lott [Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office]