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Stillwater County Search and Rescue

Crews search the Yellowstone River for a man who fell into the water from a bridge early on the morning of June 16.

A Columbus man who fell into the Yellowstone River from a bridge north of Reed Point early Saturday has been identified, but search efforts have yet to locate him.

Brandon Fitch, 20, was last seen when he fell into the river from the Reed Point Road bridge Saturday at 5:09 a.m., according to a Monday press release from the Stillwater County Sheriff's Office. A person saw him fall into the river and called 911, said Tammie Mullikin, a spokeswoman for the sheriff's office.

Aside from the person who saw Fitch tumble into the water, Mullikin said it's unknown whether he was at the bridge with anyone else, but she noted that no foul play is suspected.

There is a fishing access at the bridge, but it isn't yet clear what Fitch was doing there at the time, she said.

Stillwater County Search and Rescue crews searched portions of the river upstream from the Holmgren fishing access, about 6 miles west of Columbus, on Saturday and part of Sunday. They were joined by members of Sweetgrass County Search and Rescue and Columbus Fire Rescue.

Search efforts were temporarily suspended Sunday afternoon and Monday due to rising river levels and a large amount of debris floating down the river, Mullikin said.

Jet skis, jet boats and drones were being used in the search effort. Mullikin added that the crews also plan to fly over the area with a plane to search for signs of Fitch, as weather allows.

In a Facebook post on Saturday, Stillwater County Search and Rescue asked that the public avoid the area along the river between the bridge and the Holmgren fishing access while rescue crews are working.

The sheriff's office asks anyone with information tied to this incident to call 406-322-5326.

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General assignment reporter for the Billings Gazette.