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Event to Honor Lewiston Woman Missing for More Than 40 Years

Advocates for a Lewiston, Idaho, woman who vanished from her home in 1976 will stage a 24-minute walk in her honor on August 4. Investigators have long presumed that Patricia Lee Otto’s husband killed the 24-year-old mother of two the night she vanished, but her body has never been found.

The event to remember Patty will take place on what would have been her 70th birthday.

“My mother has been missing for almost twice as long as she was
alive,” said Patty’s daughter, Suzanne Timms. “We want to celebrate her short life and remind people in the community that her case remains unsolved. We desperately need answers.”

Advocates for Patty Otto, including members of her family, will gather at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 4 in front of the Nez Perce County Courthouse, 1230 Main Street, in Lewiston, to kick off the walk.

The route is a short loop that will begin and end at the courthouse. A moment of silence and remarks from Ms. Timms and other volunteers will conclude the event.
Refreshments will be provided for walk participants.

A few sponsorships remain available for 70 signs that will be carried in honor of Patty Otto. Contact Suzanne Timms at for more information about sponsorship opportunities. Proceeds will go toward additional DNA testing as investigators work to identify human remains that may belong to Patty Otto.