Body of man lost in Yellowstone recovered

2014-08-17T13:17:00Z 2014-08-22T15:20:30Z Body of man lost in Yellowstone recoveredBy CHRIS CIOFFI ccioffi@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

The body of Darien Latty, a Georgia man who has been missing since Monday in Yellowstone National Park, has been recovered.

Latty was found late Friday after searchers found what they believed was a body pinned to a large rock in a steep and dangerous section of the Yellowstone River, according to a press release by Al Nash, the spokesperson for the park.

The area where Latty's body was discovered is about a quarter-mile downstream from where he was last seen, Nash said. 

His body was pulled from the river by a Gallatin County swift-water rescue team that utilized kayaks, a raft and a helicopter Saturday afternoon, he said. Latty's body was positively identified Saturday evening, and an autopsy has been scheduled to ascertain an exact cause of his death.

The park concessions employee went missing while tubing with two coworkers near where the Lamar River meets the Yellowstone in an area near Tower Junction. 

Shortly after reaching the confluence, two of the men got out of the water. Latty, was last seen about 7:30 p.m. Monday being propelled downstream by the rushing water, without an inner tube or life jacket.

The river downstream of the junction features numerous rapids as well as a narrow rock-walled canyon. Park regulations prohibit floating the river.

The search for Latty mobilized about 50 people. Several small groups of searchers, three dog teams and a helicopter all assisted in the search. 

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