Hunters find possible human remains

Marlo Pronovost
Monday, November 4, 2019
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Possible human remains were discovered Saturday near West Rosebud Lake by two hunters.

The discovery was reported at 2:07 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2, involving skeletal remains, clothing and a shotgun found between 200 and 300 yards from an outhouse, according to Stillwater County Sheriff’s Dispatch records.

Search and Rescue (SAR), deputies, Absarokee emergency crews and Forest Service law enforcement responded to the area immediately. Montana Highway Patrol troopers also responded and assisted by photographing the area with a drone.

Due to pending darkness, the scene was secured for the night and the body was retrieved on Sunday, said Stillwater County Sheriff Chip Kem. A deputy remained on scene throughout the night.

The body has been taken to the Montana medical examiner’s office to help identify it.

“The condition of the bones and items indicate that they have likely been there for several years, at least,” Kem said in a press release. “The area is remote and not near any established trails.”

Kem also said that as of Monday, officials had “no indication of identity, age or gender and no evidence of foul play has been found.”

The area was still being searched as of Nov. 4.


A Billings man went missing in the same area in 2009 and was never found, despite a multi-day search launched when his truck was found at the Pine Creek Campground. Kem declined to speculate if the remains found Saturday might be those.