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Man Ruled Out As Suspect in Idaho Deaths

May 19, 2005

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho (AP) _ Authorities in Idaho say they’re convinced that a man they questioned for seven hours had nothing to do with the deaths of three people _ or the disappearance of two children from the home where the bodies were found on Monday.

A sheriff’s captain says Robert Lutner, who turned himself in for questioning, voluntarily took a lie-detector test. And he says Lutner established that he wasn’t involved _ and that he’s ``no longer a person of interest.″

Capt. Ben Wolfinger says authorities learned from Lutner that several people were at the home for a Sunday evening barbecue. Wolfinger says authorities now want to hear from everyone who was there. He says they’re collecting fingerprints from the home, and want to be able to rule people out.

Wolfinger says searchers have drained a septic pond behind the home and found nothing. He says dive teams will now be searching nearby creeks and a pond.

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