Officials identify body found in Yellowstone National Park

Wyoming

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The following is a news release from Yellowstone National Park.

UPDATE

The individual has been identified as Dane M. Offutt, a 29-year-old male, most recently of Big Sky, Montana.

The cause of death is still under investigation.

ORIGINAL STORY

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK — On Saturday morning, Oct. 6, an abandoned vehicle was reported on U.S. Highway 191 near mile marker 29 in Yellowstone National Park.

On Sunday evening, a missing person was reported to the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office. The missing person matched the description of the possible driver of the abandoned vehicle and a search was initiated.

On Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 10, a body was recovered from the Gallatin River near where the vehicle was found.

Gallatin County Search and Rescue provided resources to assist in locating the body and Yellowstone National Park is leading the investigation.

The park will release the name of the individual once next of kin has been notified.

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