Friday at 9:00 A.M. Gallatin County Sheriff’s Deputies and Search and Rescue personnel conducted a canine search in Hyalite for a missing 27-year-old Belgrade man. At 1:45 P.M. on the same day, the man was located deceased near the Hyalite creek bridge. He is being transported to the Montana State Crime Laboratory for an autopsy. The name is not being released until family has been notified.
Sheriff Gootkin states the cause and manner of death is being investigated by Sheriff’s Deputy Coroners. “The investigation is ongoing but at this time it appears related to exposure and there is no threat to the public.”