The body of a Post Falls, ID, body shop owner missing for nearly a week was recovered the night of Aug. 8 in Lake Coeur d’Alene, the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office said. Gary Scott “Scotty” Shawver, 57, jumped into the lake to retrieve another person's hat that had blown off in a passing storm but wasn't able to get back to the boat. The lake is about 160 feet deep where Shawver was last seen struggling in the waves. Three passengers also jumped in the water trying to help Shawver but were unsuccessful. Shawver apparently was overcome by storm waves and drowned.
A local dive company that had been diving in the Stevens Point area and found a body in 60-foot-deep water. The sheriff’s Recreation Safety Division and dive team responded to the scene and recovered Shawver’s body from the lake bottom.
Scotty Shawver was well-liked and respected in town with a reputation for helping people out. Shawver hosted a popular and free block party for Post Falls residents twelve years in a row and there were many “Body by Scotty” donations to sport teams and charitable organizations.
Shawver had opened a new business, Scott Shawver’s Autobody and RV, at 2915 E. Seltice Way in Post Falls. Before that he was a longtime co-owner of Body by Scotty in Post Falls.