Canyon Ferry Reservoir

UPDATE: JUNE 8 AT 12:32 P.M.

HELENA, Mont. - The Lewis and Clark County Sheriff has identified the 17-year-old boy who drowned in Canyon Ferry Lake.

According to Sheriff Leo Dutton, the boy was identified as Elias Bowe.

Elias' family has been notified of his death.

Elias' family has set up a GoFundMe page.


HELENA, Mont. - A Helena teenager died while swimming in Canyon Ferry Lake Saturday.

Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton tells Montana Right Now 911 dispatch received a report of a 17-year-old boy who was missing in the Crittenton day use area.

Authorities with search and rescue, the Lewis and Clark County Water Emergency Team, and Tri-Lakes fire responded.

Dutton said the current became too strong for swimmers in the area and the 17-year-old did not make it to shore, adding the waves were bigger than usual due to powerful winds.

The teen was found in 15-feet of water after crews spent two hours searching.

An autopsy is being performed at the State Crime Lab in Missoula.

The teen has not been identified at this time, but Dutton said he was a junior at Helena High School.

An investigation is ongoing.

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