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Prayer vigil held for woman presumed to have drowned near Great Falls

Posted at 3:52 PM, May 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-01 17:52:28-04

ABSAROKEE – Dozens gathered for a candlelight vigil Monday night to remember and honor the woman presumed to have drowned in the Missouri River near Great Falls last week.

Brittney Roberts, 21, was spotted in the river last Monday. Her body has not been recovered.

Witnesses saw Roberts near the caboose on the River’s Edge Trail before she was spotted in the water coming toward Black Eagle Dam by dam workers. The dam workers said they tried to help the woman but the current was too strong and she went through the dam.

Search and rescue crews spent most of Monday looking for Roberts and have been back out on the water and along the shore six times since then trying to find her.

The search has been hampered by weather and debris in the water.

Her father spoke at the vigil. “This has truly, I hate to put it like this, one of the happiest nights I’ve had in seven days right here right now. I feel all the love. I can feel the warmth of the light right now. I haven’t felt it in seven days. These seven days have felt like seven years to me.”

Family was able to identify it was indeed Roberts by shoe recovered during the search efforts.

Roberts leaves behind a 1 1/2-year old son, and a fiancee.

Memorials can be made at Altana Federal Credit Union in Brittney’s name or by mail Brittney Robert Memorial, c/o Angela Kallevig, Altana, P.O. Box 143, Columbus, MT 59019 to help the family with expenses.