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Treasure County Search and Rescue

Searchers use a helicopter to scan the Yellowstone River in Treasure County for 26-year-old Luke Herring. The body of Herring, who is believed to have been swept into the river Sept. 11, has been found.

Searchers in Treasure County on Monday found the body of 26-year-old Luke Herring, of Wisconsin, who had been missing since Sept. 11 when he is believed to have been swept into the Yellowstone River while riding his horse.

Treasure County Sheriff and Coroner Wayne Robison said Monday night that searchers in a helicopter spotted Herring’s body, which was recovered west of the Myers Bridge near Hysham. Robison said he did not know the cause of death but that an autopsy will be preformed Tuesday.

Herring, who was working as a cowboy for a landowner, was riding his horse to gather cows northeast of Bighorn. He was reported missing at about 7 p.m. when he failed to return, the sheriff said. Herring’s horse was found drowned in the river Tuesday night.

Robison said a number of agencies, companies and people helped Undersheriff Jamie Blakesley and him, a two-person department, with the large search. At one point, there were 11 search and rescue dogs on the scene, he said.

Those helping included the Treasure County Sheriff’s reserve deputies; Rosebud County Sheriff’s Office and Rosebud County Search and Rescue; Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, search and rescue and dive team; Stillwater County Search and Rescue; Absaroka Search Dogs; Western Montana Search Dogs; Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Office; U.S. Water Rescue Dive Team, Billings Flying Service; Strecker Farms; Noelle Pinkerton; Circle B Cattle Co.; Flying S Cattle Co.; Diamond B Co.; and the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

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Federal Court, Yellowtone County Reporter

Federal court and county reporter for The Billings Gazette.