Sunday search for missing man on the Yellowstone unsuccessful

By: 
Marlo Pronovost
Tuesday, July 24, 2018

SAR photo by Crystal Arnold

A specialized search on the Yellowstone River Sunday involving divers in a specific area where multiple search dogs indicated a body might be was unsuccessful.

However, Stillwater County Sheriff Cliff Brophy said that while nothing was found, plans were made to bring the specialty dive team back to the area to continue the search for Brandon Fitch, who is missing and presumed after going into the river off the bridge at Reed Point in the early morning hours on June 16.

“Our continued goal in this matter is to locate Brandon,” Brophy wrote in a press release. “The priorities in this event are still the same. Safety for the responders and for the family members involved in the search is first and foremost. Secondly, that we look in all reasonable locations within our jurisdiction.”

Brophy also said resources will be scheduled based on other “life-threatening calls and special events that require our attention.” 

He asks people who are recreating on the Yellowstone River from Reed Point down be on the watch. 

“Because the Yellowstone River does not have dams, the search area covers many miles,” said Brophy. “If you locate something out of the ordinary, please mark the location and notify authorities in that jurisdiction. Do not disturb the scene.”

While the search for Fitch has been scaled back, Brophy said it has not been suspended and added that the investigation remains open. If anyone has information about this search, please contact the Stillwater County Sheriff’s Office at 322-5326.

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