Missing Butte Man Found Deceased in Missouri River

(Gallatin County, Mont.)

Sunday morning, May 5, Broadwater County Sheriff’s Deputies, Broadwater Search and Rescue along with Gallatin County Sheriff’s Investigators and Coroner responded to a body in the Missouri River at Toston Dam.  Search and Rescue recovered 73-year-old Ronald Lowny of Butte who was reported missing April 10th.  Gallatin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue had been searching the area of Drouillard Fishing Access near Three Forks in Gallatin County since his vehicle was found there on April 14th.  The Coroner determined cause of death to be drowning.

Garnet Mountain Rescue

On May 2nd 2019 at 8:17am, the Gallatin County Dispatch Center received a call from a man who reported that he and three friends were stranded in the area of the Garnet Mountain Fire Lookout Tower.

All four hikers were 19 years old and from Idaho. The group had hiked to the Lookout Tower, where they encountered deep snow and became fatigued. One of the female members of the group had suffered a pulled muscle in her hip. The group was dressed for the warmer weather of the Valley and were unprepared for spring’s treacherous hiking conditions in the mountains. They had minimal clothing and gear to protect themselves from the elements.

A Gallatin County Sheriff’s deputy and members of Gallatin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue responded to the Rat Lake Trailhead to begin the rescue mission. Snowmobiles and a tracked four-wheeler were used to navigate the trail to the Lookout Tower. Search and Rescue members located the group of hikers at 11:24am. They were transported to safety and did not need medical attention. Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin applauds the young man for calling for help before this situation became worse.

Photo courtesy of Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office

Local Law Enforcement Carries the Torch for Special Olympics Montana

Montana Law Enforcement Officers and their friends have hit the streets, highways and byways of Montana.  In addition to fulfilling their duties of enforcing speed limits, maintaining order, and keeping our state safe, they are fulfilling another type of duty: They are carrying the torch for Special Olympics Montana.

Hundreds will carry the Flame of Hope 2,000 miles to the State Summer Games Opening Ceremonies in Great Falls. The Torch Run has made stops in numerous towns throughout the state The torch will be arriving in Bozeman on Tuesday May 7th, 2018. The Final Leg and lighting of the cauldron in Great Falls on Wednesday May 15th, 2019 will officially begin the games.

Several law enforcement agencies are participating in the run through Bozeman including the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, Gallatin County Detention Center, Bozeman Police Department, Belgrade Police Department, Airport Police, and Montana Highway Patrol.  The Torch Run is also receiving significant support from the fire departments as we run through the towns.

The Torch Run in Montana began in 1985. Each year, local Montana Law Enforcement Officers raise several thousand dollars for Special Olympics Montana athletes.  In 2008, the Montana LETR raised over $350,000 for local athletes, the 4th highest per capita in the world.

Please join us at the Bozeman Public Library this Tuesday, May 7th 8:40 – 9:00 to watch the official passing of the Torch from Park County to Gallatin County, and to cheer on our local law enforcement and Special Olympics supporters as they run and bike the Torch from Bozeman to Three Forks.

Timeline for the torch’s travel through Gallatin County:

Leg 1 – Running Leg through Bozeman (Bozeman Library to City Brew N. 19th Ave) – 3.7 miles. Route: Main Street to s. 19th Ave – Time: 9:00 – 9:40

Leg 2 – Running Leg from N. 19th Ave. City Brew to Belgrade Town & Country – 9.6 mile. Route: E. Valley Center Rd to Alaska Rd to E. Northern Pacific Ave to E Madison Ave. – Time: 9:50 – 11:20

Leg 3 – Running Leg through Belgrade (Town & Country loop through town) – 1.0 mile. Route: Jackrabbit Rd to Main St to Broadway St to W Madison St. – Time: 11:30 – 11:45

Leg 4 – Biking Leg from Belgrade Town & Country) to Manhattan (Thriftway) – 12.7 miles. Route: Jackrabbit Rd. to Amsterdam Rd to Churchill Rd into Manhattan – Time: 12:05 – 1:15

Leg 5 – Running Leg Loop through Manhattan – 1.0 mile. Route: Broadway St to Altenbrand Ave to Dry Creek to 5th St to Railroad St to Broadway – Time: 1:25 – 1:35

Leg 6 – Biking Leg Manhattan (Thriftway) to Three Forks (Frontage & Talc Rd.) – 11.1 miles. Route: Broadway St to Frontage Road to Talc Rd – Time: 1:45 – 2:55

Leg 7 – Running Leg through Three Forks to David’s Memorial – Distance: 3.0 miles. Route: Frontage Road to 2nd Ave E. to E. Ash St to Main St to Frontage Rd. – Time: 3:05 – 3:35

**All times are approximate**

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Media Contact: GCSO Sgt. Dan McDonough 406-404-4614

Coroner Identification

(Gallatin County, Mont.) The Sheriff/Coroner identified the person who died this morning at Jackrabbit and Cameron Bridge as 67 year old Robert A Melson of Belgrade.  The death was the result of a medical condition and not the vehicle crash that followed.

The identification of the person killed Wednesday on I-90 will not been released until relatives can be contacted.