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Body of missing man recovered near Natural Bridge Falls

Posted at 10:47 AM, Sep 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-17 12:47:38-04

In a social media post, the Sweet Grass County Sheriff's Office reports Search and Rescue recovered the body of a man who had fallen into the Boulder River near Natural Bridge in May.

According to the post, the body of Joseph Crawford was discovered by a spelunker on Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, below the falls and the Sweet Grass Search and Rescue responded.

Crawford had reportedly fallen into the Boulder River above the falls at Natural Bridge on May 17, 2020. Recovery efforts at the time were unsuccessful due to high water and difficult terrain. (Photo courtesy of Sweet Grass County Sheriff's Office)

Crawford, 48, had been identified as the individual presumed dead May 17 after falling into the Boulder River at Natural Bridge south of Big Timber.

Crawford, of Billings, was hiking in the Natural Bridge area when he walked off the marked trail toward the river and slipped, falling 50 to 60 feet into the water.