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Body of missing man found in Kalispell two years after mysterious disappearance

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KALISPELL - The body of a missing Spokane Valley man has been found more than two years after he vanished outside Kalispell.

On April 4, 2019, a citizen reported finding human remains in the woods off Rose Crossing. The Flathead County SHeriff confirmed this week that the remains belong to Corey Michael Flannigan.

Flannigan's fiancee Roxanne King spoke with KHQ news about what led to his disappearance.

Corey Flannigan was in Flathead County in May 2017 for work. 

"I talked to him all day that day, everything was normal," Roxanne said. "He was going to get a hotel that night."

But first, she says he was going to meet with some guys he'd done business with in the past, selling trucks and truck parts.

"I really feel something unexpected happened," she said.

Whatever that was, it went down on Rose Crossing Road just outside of Kalispell. Corey's rental car was found wrecked.

"A (neighbor) is driving home from work and sees the car crashed," Flathead County Detective Rich Schuster told KHQ back in November..

The crash was bad. Corey had been driving an overdue rental car that night. He had hit a tree on the rural road.

"The airbag fired in the car, there was blood on the airbag," Detective Schuster said.

Corey had to have been hurt in the crash, but for more than two years, his body remained unaccounted for.

"At that point, we didn't know what we had," Detective Schuster said. "We still don't."

The only lead detectives had was a set of footprints that led toward the river a quarter-mile away.

"They may or may not have been his," Detective Schuster said.

Corey's remains were found at least a half mile from the crash site last month.

"I've spent the last few weeks processing this," Roxanne says. "I knew it was him."

Was Corey being chased, and then murdered as he tried to run away? Or was he simply delirious from the wreck and wandered off? 

Because of the advanced state of decomposition, Roxanne isn't hopeful an autopsy will tell them much of anything. While the discovery does give Roxanne and the couple's two children some kind of closure, there are still many unanswered questions.

Roxanne is currently making plans to collect Corey's remains and bring them back home to Spokane Valley. She's also planning a proper service for the many people who loved Corey so they can give him a proper goodbye.

In the meantime, law enforcement continues to ask for anyone who may know anything about this case to call the Flathead County Sheriff's Office

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