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Names of Missoula Co. fishermen who drowned in Marias River released

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Posted at 10:54 AM, Feb 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-18 12:59:48-05

Authorities have released the names of the two Missoula County fishermen who died after falling through the ice in Toole County.

Toole County Coroner Dan Whitted has identified the two men as Jared Russell, 43, of Missoula and Jerid Kirschenheiter, 40, of Clinton.

The bodies were recovered from the Marias River east of Shelby on Feb. 16.

Autopsies on the victims will be performed at the State Crime Lab in Missoula.

Whitted stated their cause of death was drowning and the manner of death was an accident.

In addition to the Toole County Sheriff's Office, the following agencies assisted in the recovery effort: Cascade County Sheriff's Office, Cascade County Search and Rescue, Flathead County Sheriff's Office, Toole County Search & Rescue, and Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks.