October 3, 2018
MISSING PERSON’S BODY RECOVERED
On Sunday, September 26th, 2018, a hunter in the Panhandle National Forest near Lakeview, Idaho, discovered human remains. A team of Detectives from the Bonner County Sheriff’s Office, the Bonner County Coroner, Special Agents from the US Forest Service, Detectives from the Idaho State Police and forensic scientists from the University of Montana / Missoula processed the area and recovered the body, as well as evidence believed to be related to the individual’s disappearance.
An autopsy was performed, and the body was positively identified as that of 27 year old Mirissa M. Serrano of Lolo, Montana. The family has been notified and is asking for privacy.
Sheriff Daryl Wheeler stated, “Based on new evidence recovered, the initial autopsy findings and the forensic analysis of that evidence, this case has now turned into an active homicide investigation. I would like to thank all the agencies that have assisted us with the investigation of Mirissa’s demise.”
The new evidence recovered is being processed through State and National laboratories. Statements given in past interviews of persons in contact with the victim have been reviewed. As a result, Detectives from the Bonner County Sheriff’s Office are currently conferring with the Bonner County Prosecutor on filing criminal charges related to this investigation. I THANK YOU ALL FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY BROKEN HEART FOR YOUR HELP GOD BLESS YOU.
Sincerely, Joe Serrano ( mirissa's dad )