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Body of missing Big Sky man found in Gallatin River

A missing 29-year-old Big Sky man was found dead in the Gallatin River in Yellowstone National Park on Wednesday.

According to a press release from Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office Coroner, on Saturday, Oct. 7, Yellowstone National Park Rangers responded to a report of a vehicle off the road and abandoned in the park near milepost 29 on Highway 191.  

A search of the area and attempts to contact the driver were unsuccessful.  

During the following days, the Park Service requested assistance from the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office to check the driver’s residence and place of work.  His place of business notified authorities that he had not reported for work for two shifts so additional searches of the area were conducted including aid from Sheriff’s Search and Rescue dogs.  

On Wednesday, a drone from Sheriff’s Search and Rescue was utilized to search a larger area.  The man was discovered deceased in the Gallatin River downstream from where the vehicle.

His name will be released by the Park Service when next of kin have been notified.

This is a developing story and will be updated when more information becomes available.

Ken Spencer

Ken Spencer

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