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Sheriff releases cause of death of man found in submerged vehicle

Posted at 4:25 PM, Apr 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-07 13:51:11-04

UPDATE 5/7/2019:  Lewis and Clark Co. Sheriff Leo Dutton released the cause and manner of death of a man found in a submerged vehicle near Craig in April.

Dutton says John MacArthur, 58, committed suicide by drowning..

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CRAIG – The Lewis and Clark Sheriff’s Office has identified the man who was found dead in the Missouri river near Craig on Monday April 22.

Officials identified the man as 58 year-old John S. MacArthur.

MacArthur had a Minnesota driver’s license, but also had an address listed in Cascade, Montana.

MacArthur’s body was found on Monday in a completely submerged white 2019 Tacoma along with a deceased dog.

Sheriff Leo Dutton said the relatives of Mr. MacArthur have been notified and the cause and manner of his death are still pending the autopsy report.