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More people vanish around Idaho than you think

Kathy and Grant Moedl met nearly four decades ago on a field trip in the mountains while students at Ricks College in Rexburg.

“We spent all of our dating hiking, backpacking and climbing,” Kathy Moedl said. A year after they met, he proposed on the tallest peak in Grand Teton National Park.

Kathy Moedl will turn 58 on Saturday, and her greatest wish this birthday is to see her husband again. Grant Moedl went missing while driving to Boise for a business meeting March 2.

Investigators in southern Idaho have searched exhaustively the past six weeks — even taking a boat equipped with sonar out on Anderson Ranch Reservoir twice this month — but have found no trace of Grant Moedl or the company car he was traveling in. There has been no activity on his bank and credit cards, and his cellphone hasn’t been turned on since that day, according to Rexburg police.

“My heart hurts,” Kathy Moedl said. “He was ... he is, the nicest person I know and so just doesn’t deserve this, whatever it is.”

Moedl and her 16-year-old daughter are among dozens of families in Idaho this year suffering the anxiety and emotional pain that comes after a loved one disappears.

More than 60 people have been entered into the Idaho Missing Person Clearinghouse since Jan. 1.

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