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Remains found in Lakeview identified as Mirissa Serrano; case ruled a homocide

October 3, 2018

The remains of a woman found last month near Lakeview, Idaho have been identified as Mirissa Serrano, a Lolo, Montana woman who was reported missing last year, and the case had been labeled a homicide by Bonner County Sheriff’s office.

Serrano, 27, was found by a hunter on September 26 near U.S. Forest Service Road No. 278. Serrano was reported missing in that area in September 2017, and search and rescue missions had failed to find her.

She was last reported seen with a man named Daniel Neep, 62. The two met at a bar in Lolo on Sept. 9, 2017, and Serrano asked to ride with him to Spokane, according Neep, who spoke to the Spokesman-Review last year while in jail.

Serrano’s father Joseph had been in contact with his daughter, a diagnosed schizophrenic, and had received his last text from her on Sept. 14.

According to Neep’s account, after arriving in Spokane, he invited Mirissa Serrano to go with him to a cabin in the Lakeview area where he did maintenance work. She agreed, he said.

Neep said that Serrano changed her mind during the drive in the woods and said she wanted to return to Montana. They slept in his truck on Sept. 11, he said, and she left while he was asleep.

He filed a missing persons report on Sept. 16, and because of an outstanding warrant from Kootenai County, he was arrested.

He said he had nothing to do with her disappearance.

Detectives searched the cabin where Neep stayed and did not find any evidence of wrongdoing.

Neep is currently in the Idaho State Correction Center near Boise, charged as a felon in possession of a firearm, and will be eligible for parole in Feb, 2020.

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