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Former political candidate rescued from wildfire, wife found dead

Screengrab courtesy Idaho Public Television

Former candidate for governor Walt Bayes, 79, of Emmett, was rescued from a wildfire burning in a rural section of northern Idaho earlier this week, according to the Shoshone County Sheriff's Office.

However, his wife Virginia Bayes, 74, of Emmett, who was reported missing was later found dead in the same area near Bath Tub Mountain and the St. Joe River.

The sheriff's office says firefighters from the Missoula Ranger District who were fighting the fire found Walt Bayes Tuesday afternoon.

Helicopters were called in to airlift him out of the fire area while crews started searching for Virginia.

Walt Bayes refused medical treatment once the helicopter landed at a ranger station.

Fire and air crews found Virginia deceased and took her remains to a safe landing zone to be examined by the Benewah Medical Examiner.

Her cause of death is under investigation by the sheriff's office.

Walt Bayes gained minor fame in 2012 while he was running for Idaho governor against Butch Otter, Russ Fulcher, and Harley Brown when video from a televised debate was shared around the world and featured on late night talk shows.

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