On 6/17/23, Clearwater County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) received a report of an overdue motorcycle rider. Natasha Mael reported her fiance, Steven Raney, was overdue to return from his participation ride in the Elk River ATV fun run. Natasha said Steven had recently bought a new motorcycle and took it out to participate in the fun run. Natasha reported Steven was an experienced rider, knew the area well and was wearing a helmet during his ride.
CCSO Deputies and CCSO Search and Rescue (SAR) personnel were dispatched to the area to search for Steven that evening. CCSO SAR continued the search well in the early morning hours without success. At daylight CCSO SAR continued searching the area Steven was last known to be in. Two Bear Air helicopter Service of Kalispell, Montana was contacted and joined the search. Two Bear Air was restricted from flying the previous night due to inclement weather in the area.
Steven was was found deceased, by campers traveling in the area, on Morris Creek Road. CCSO Deputies and Coroner were notified and responded to the scene. Steven’s family and fiancé were notified. Steven was transported to Pine Hills Funeral Home pending funeral arrangements. The accident investigation is still on going.
Our condolences to the family, we send positive thoughts and prayers.