Body pulled from Clark Fork River in Missoula

Posted at 2:01 PM, Jul 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-20 16:01:30-04

MISSOULA – A body been pulled from the Clark Fork River in Missoula.

Members of the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office and the Missoula Rural Fire District recovered a body from the Clark Fork River just west of the Reserve Street Bridge at around 2 p.m. on Thursday.

Authorities say that floaters reported seeing the body just after 11 a.m. 

MCSO Deputy Coroner Joshua Johnston said that the body, which is likely that of a six-foot-tall adult male, was discovered in a tributary off the main channel on the north bank. Johnston said that rough estimates at this point suggest the body has been decomposing for about two months, and that an autopsy will be conducted Friday.

MCSO detectives along with the Medical Examiners Office are now working to try and identify the body, which was badly decomposed due to the duration of time in the water. An investigation is also continuing into this body recovery.