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Search team claims they found the body of Tammy Goff

Goff was last seen in July 2018
Adventures With Purpose members Sam Ginn, Jared Leisek, and Doug Bishop
Tammy Goff missing
Search crews along the Missouri River (May 14, 2021)
Posted at 8:58 PM, May 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-15 13:17:56-04

GREAT FALLS — A group called Adventures With Purpose said on Friday evening that they have found the body of Tammy Goff. The group was asked to investigate by Goff's husband Bob, and has spent the last several days searching the area where Tammy was last seen.

"We have a small inflatable boat with sonar on it, so we start topside,” said Jared Leisek of Adventures With Purpose. "Once we identify a target, we're divers as well so then we get underneath the water. We do put our eyes on it for 100 percent confirmation."

On Friday afternoon, a vehicle was found in the Missouri River several miles south of Great Falls near Wilson Butte Road. The Cascade County Sheriff's Office dispatched a search and recovery team to the site. A relative of Tammy confirmed to MTN News that the vehicle pulled from the river is a black pickup truck that appears to be Tammy's.

On Friday evening, Sheriff Jesse Slaughter confirmed that human remains were found in the vehicle, but can not yet confirm whether or not it is Tammy. Positive identification of the remains must be done by the state crime lab.

Search crews along the Missouri River (May 14, 2021)
Search crews along the Missouri River (May 14, 2021)

Tammy left her home on the 2100 block of 7th Avenue North on July 12, 2018 at 7 a.m. At that time, she was driving a 2008 black Chevrolet Colorado and it was said she was headed to the south end of Great Falls with her dog, Sadie. Sadie was found on July 13, 2018 on Hawk Drive in Great Falls.

Adventures With Purpose team members - Leisek, Doug Bishop, and Sam Ginn - travel the country to assist in situations such as this; their website states: "Your support has helped Solve 7 Cold Cases, providing answers for families, and because of you, we've been able to remove 100+ Vehicles from our valuable water resources since 2019 leaving the world a better place for generations to come."

Ginn said, "When we got down there and saw what it was, we weren't surprised at all. We had a good image on the sonar. We hit it from a couple different angles. We were pretty certain that what we found was a truck and, in fact, that Tammy would be in it."

Bishop explained, "Being able to provide families with answers where they've never had answers is just ground-moving. It's the best of both worlds. It's not an outcome that people want, but it is because it's the answers that they never had."

Sheriff Slaughter was grateful for the team, and said of the group, "They've been fantastic to work with.”

Click here to visit the Adventures With Purpose website. The team posted the following video on Friday evening:


UPDATE: On Saturday morning (May 15), Sheriff Slaughter said that the pickup truck pulled from the river has been confirmed to be Tammy's.

Tammy Goff missing