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An investigation started after a 42-year-old woman was found dead in the Yellowstone River in April has produced little new information, prompting the Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office to once again ask for the public's help in learning more about the circumstances of her death.

Harriet Patricia Wilson was found in the river at Two Moon Park at about 2:45 p.m. on Sunday, April 22.

About three hours before her body was found, she was spotted at 3Gs market at 702 South 27th St. in Billings and appeared healthy and unharmed, the sheriff's office said.

A person walking along the river at the eastern edge of the park saw Wilson's body floating down a side channel. Her body had become caught in branches in the channel between the edge of the park and a small island and was partially visible above the water, The Gazette previously reported.

Yellowstone County Sheriff's deputies

Yellowstone County Sheriff's deputies stand in the Yellowstone River along Two Moon Park where a body was found on Sunday, April 22.

Wilson had been in downtown Billings days before her death and was found wearing a white T-shirt with red and black lettering, dark jeans and one dark-colored Sketchers brand boot. 

"Wilson had been deceased for a short period of time and appeared to have suffered injuries prior to her death," according to a press release issued later that week.

"We are still looking for anyone who may have information about Ms. Wilson," Sheriff Mike Linder wrote Thursday in an email forwarding the earlier press release to area media outlets.

The information in the April press release "is basically what we have at this point," Linder wrote. "We are hoping that someone with information will see this and respond to our request." 

Wilson had a Billings address at the time of her death, and though the sheriff's office found no obvious signs of foul play, her death was still considered suspicious, and sheriff's detectives planned on treating and investigating it as a homicide, according to an April 24 press release. 

Anyone with information about Wilson's whereabouts, activities or companions before her death is asked to contact the sheriff's office at 406-256-2929 or come to the sheriff's office at 2323 Second Ave. N. 


Night Reporter

General assignment reporter for The Billings Gazette.