Find a list of your saved stories here

Former Idaho gubernatorial candidate rescued from wildfire, wife found dead

Former Idaho gubernatorial candidate rescued from wildfire, wife found dead

(Kyle Green, The Idaho Statesman via AP, File)


1 photo
Save Story

Save stories to read later


Estimated read time: Less than a minute

This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.

WALLACE, Idaho (AP) — A southwestern Idaho man whose fringe run for Idaho governor resulted in a Republican primary debate that drew national attention has been rescued near a wildfire in northern Idaho, but his wife has been found dead.

The Shoshone County Sheriff's Office tells the Idaho Statesman that it's investigating following the rescue of 79-year-old Walt Bayes of Emmett on Tuesday.

Authorities say they later found the body of 74-year-old Virginia Bayes in a remote area. Officials say her cause of death isn't known. Walt Bayes refused medical attention.

Bayes, notable for his bushy white beard and far right views, along with another fringe candidate named Harley Brown stole the show from Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter and then-state Sen. Russ Fulcher in a 2014 primary debate viewed as over the top even by Gem State standards.

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Photos

Most recent Idaho stories

Related topics

U.S.Idaho
The Associated Press

    STAY IN THE KNOW

    Get informative articles and interesting stories delivered to your inbox weekly. Subscribe to the KSL.com Trending 5.
    By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to KSL.com's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

    KSL Weather Forecast