A Brainerd mother has closure now that the body of her 33-year-old son, who died 11 years ago in an accident on the Flaming Gorge in Green River, Wyo., was found last month.
Sandy Miles said the body of her son, Rick Nelson of Green River, a Brainerd High School graduate, and the bodies of her nephew, Martin Doust, 30, who grew up in Brainerd, and a friend, John Lords, 21, were found June 24 by divers during a training exercise on the Flaming Gorge.
In the Daily Rocket-Miner, a newspaper in Wyoming, it was reported that the Sweetwater County Sheriff's Office and the Sublette County Tip Top Dive Rescue and Recovery Team found the bodies in the river at a depth of 128 feet in an area now called Holmes' Crossing.
The three young men were on a fishing trip and disappeared Dec. 31, 1995, said Miles. Miles said authorities did extensive search for a few months and had no results. She said authorities found a life jacket, a gas can and a hat, but no signs of the men.
Miles said when she found out that the bodies of her son and nephew were found she cried.
"I was saddened, but happy at the same time," said Miles. "For 11 years the Flaming Gorge was their resting place. We now have closure.
"Martin's mother since the disappearance has passed on."
Miles said Nelson, who was cremated, will be buried by his 17-year-old daughter who was killed in a car accident in Kemmerer, Wyo. Her nephew's remains will remain at the river.
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