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BILLINGS - UPDATE: The Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office has identified the man whose body was recovered from the Yellowstone River July 22.

The man is identified as Troy Gardner, 54, of Billings.

The Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office says in a release they found no foul play or trauma in the autopsy. His cause of death remains uncertain at this time, and the toxicology or other lab reports will not be released for another several weeks.

YCSO says it is unknown how long Gardner was in the river; however, investigators used fingerprints to assist with the identification.

YSCO says Gardner's last recent known contact was with a family member on July 15.

YSCO is asking anyone with information on the incident, or anyone who's had recent contact with Gardner, to call them at 406-256-2929.

The investigation is ongoing.


Yellowstone County Sheriff Mike Linder says a body has been recovered from the Yellowstone River at the Huntley Bridge on HWY 312. 

Sheriff Linder says deputies were dispatched to the area just before noon after someone in the area reported seeing the body and called dispatch.

When sheriff's deputies responded to the area with a body, they were able to recover the body a short time later. 

Linder says given the condition of the body when it was pulled from the river, it is likely that it was in the water for several days before being discovered. 

At this time, Linder says deputies have been able to identify the body as an adult male, but no other identification was found on the body. The condition of the body is inhibiting further identification. 

An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday and the investigation is ongoing.

This is a developing story, check back for updates.

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