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Woman who died in Missouri River identified

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HELENA -

Brandy Lee Pavitt of Helena has been identified as the woman who died in the Missouri River on Saturday.

Lewis & Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton said the 35-year old woman's identity was confirmed by the County Coroner.

Pavitt was reported missing after her kayak overturned in the Missouri River on Saturday.

Undersheriff Jason Grimmis says they received the call at around 3:15 p.m. on Saturday.

He says a couple was out recreating when the woman's kayak overturned a quarter-mile up from the Wolf Creek Bridge toward Holter Dam.

Her boyfriend began searching for her and then called 911.

Her boat and life-jacket were found late Saturday.

Wolf Creek Fire, Lewis & Clark search and rescue, Lewis & Clark Sheriff's Office "wet" team, and Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks participated in the search.

Search efforts were halted overnight due to darkness and thunderstorms in the area.

Search operations resumed at 7 a.m. on Sunday, and her body was found late Sunday morning.

Her body was found by a fisherman about three miles downstream from where she was reported missing.

Sheriff Dutton said that an autopsy will be performed to determine the manner and cause of death.

We will update you when we get more information.

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