UPDATE: 7/30/20 3:18pm

The body found in the Yellowstone River last Wednesday, July 22, has been identified as Troy Gardner, 54, of Billings according to a press release from the Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office.

The release indicated that while an autopsy was performed and confirmed that there wasn't any evidence of foul play, the cause of death is still undetermined. According to the release:

It is unknown exactly how long Mr. Gardner had been in the river but investigators were able to use fingerprints to help in the identification process.

The release went on to say it's thought Mr. Gardner was last seen by a family member on or around 7/15/20.

Authorities are asking that anyone with information to please contact the Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office at 406-2456-2929.


The Yellowstone County Sheriffs Office is reporting the discovery of a body found in the Yellowstone River late on Wednesday morning (7/22).

According to the press release, a citizen was near the area and called 911 after they spotted a body floating in the Yellowstone river. YCSO Deputies were dispatched at 11:55am, and responded with a boat to the Yellowstone River at the Huntley Bridge on Highway 312, according to information in the press release. The body was recovered a short time later by Yellowstone County Sheriff Deputies.

The body recovered is an adult male, and because of the condition, Sheriff Deputies determined the body has "likely been in the river for several days." According to the press release, no other identification was found on the man. .

An autopsy will be performed on Thursday (7/23), according to the press release. The Yellowstone County Sheriffs Office says it will provide more information as it becomes available, as the investigation is on-going.

In an unrelated incident earlier on Wednesday morning, Billings Police were called to the Roadway Inn on North 27th Street at 7:38am for a disturbance between a motel resident and two males, according to a Billings Police Department Twitter account.

Twitter page. A handgun was also found, and the investigation is on-going, according to Billings Police.

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