Jan 22, 2013 4:34 PM by MTN News
A body found by snowshoers at Beehive Basin over the weekend has been identified as Chris Andrew Karantinos, 47, of Jefferson, South Dakota.
Snowshoers found Karantinos' body at approximately 9 a.m. Sunday near a trail frequently used by backcountry skiers and snowshoers, according to a press release from the Madison County Sheriff/Coroner's Office.
Big Sky SAR personnel and a helicopter assisted in removing Karantinos' body. An autopsy showed that Karantinos' death was self-inflicted, according to the release.
"We have a lot of unanswered questions," says Madison County Sheriff David Schenk. "While this incident does not appear to be suspicious, Gallatin County Big Sky Deputy Ted Quillen is investigating further into the details of the incident."
Gallatin County Deputy Coroner Ian Parker says Karantinos' body was turned over to Dokken Nelson Funeral Home in Bozeman and arrangements are being made to return him to South Dakota.
This has been a joint investigation between Gallatin and Madison counties.