Idaho, June 20 (Special)
riding after his cattle on his farm near Grangeville, George Deering, a
well-known Idaho County farmer, was shot and killed today, and the
officers of that county are of the opinion that it was a premeditated
Deering left his ranch home at noon today to round up some of his stock,
and was later to be accompanied by his wife, who was to assist him. Instead of going herself to assist Mr. Deering, she sent her
oldest son. Young Deering
had gone only a short distance from home when he found the horse his
father was riding. The neck
of the animal and the saddle were covered with blood.
a brief search, the dead man was found about a half mile from his home.
Investigation of the nature of the wound revealed that he had
been shot from some distance. The bullet entered his neck just above the shoulder.
It appears that Mr. Deering must have died instantly after
falling from his horse.
and neighbors are unable to establish any clue to the shooting.
Mr. Deering had been a resident of Idaho County for many years,
had extensive stock holding, but never figured in any matters on the
range which would cause an assault. The officers entertain some idea that Mr. Deering might have
been killed by a stray bullet, but no grounds have been found upon which
to base this theory.
Eimers, of Idaho County, informed the entire locality about the Deering
home to ascertain whether anyone had been in the vicinity and had at
that time engaged in any shooting.
The Mr. Deering was unarmed on his trip this morning is sure by
statements of his wife and the officers who found him upon their
arrival. This dispels the
idea of accidental shooting or self-destruction.
Deering leaves a wife and three children, and is an extensive property
holder in Idaho County.