Vehicle with body inside found submerged in Missouri River near Craig

Posted at 7:00 PM, Apr 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-22 21:00:41-04

CRAIG – Emergency First Responders were on the Missouri River for much of Monday after receiving a report of a submerged vehicle.

According to Lewis and Clark County, Sheriff Leo Dutton, the call came in around 10:25 a.m. from a fisherman just south of Craig.

It was reported the pick-up was completely submerged in the Missouri river.

Emergency responders, including a dive team were called to the scene and their jet ski team, identified that the man and young dog were deceased in the vehicle.

The investigation is still on-going to determine whether the crash was intentional, but it did appear that the truck had driven between two houses at a high speed before landing in the river.

Sheriff Leo Dutton of Lewis and Clark County was there at the scene and stated, “It was a bit of a tough recovery because of the strength of the river. So, we had to use two wreckers; Tire and Wrecker Services came and used two wreckers to manipulate it in, to get here… divers from Search and Rescue were able to attach a cable.”

The man’s body will be taken to Missoula for an autopsy. His name has not yet been released.

We will update you with any new information.