The deceased person has been identified as 38 year old Damien P. Kucich of South Lake Tahoe California. An autopsy determined the cause of death to be from drowning. Detectives have interviewed multiple people over the last two months and have been able to identify the last known subjects to be with Kucich before his death. 29 year old Ryan William Nicholas of Ahsaka and 33 year old Rebekah Ramos of Truckee California have been interviewed by Detectives. Kucich is believed to have gotten out of a white 2014 Lexus SUV with California Licence plate 8SSD258, registered to Ramos, near Dino’s Gas station in Orofino sometime after midnight 5/27/23. Kucich was last seen wearing Khaki shorts and lime green shoes in the area of Dino’s near the bank of the Clearwater River.
At this time there is no information available that Nicholas or Ramos are responsible for Kucich’s death.
Both Nicholas and Ramos are currently in custody at the Nez Perce County Jail on charges unrelated to the death of Kucich.
This case is still active and if anyone has iny information about Kucich’s death please contact Detective Wendy King at 208-799-3131X 1.
On 05/28/2023 Deputies were dispatched to a deceased person found in the Clearwater River near Gibbs Eddy off of Highway 12. The identity of the individual is unknown. He is a white male with medium length brown hair, and a red beard. He is about 6 foot, 250 pounds. He has two tattoos, one on his right shoulder and the other on his right calf. If you have any information that could help identify the individual, please contact Detective Wendy King with then Nez Perce County Sheriff’s Office at 208-799-3131 x1 referencing case number 23-N3737.