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Body of fisherman recovered from Boulder River, missing since July 2019

Posted at 11:27 AM, May 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-19 13:27:35-04

According to a press release from Sweet Grass County Sheriff Alan Ronneberg, the body of missing fisherman, Bradford Meadows, was recovered Saturday, May 15, near 4 Mile Campground.

A resident of the area reported finding human remains near the original Boulder River search area, located approximately 42 miles south of Big Timber. The call came in at approximately 1 p.m. Members of the Sweet Grass County Sheriff’s Office and Sweet Grass County Search and Rescue responded to the scene.

Meadows, 50, of Billings, was last seen Wednesday, July 24, 2019 . A witness reported seeing him fall into the Boulder River shortly after noon. Meadows was fishing at the time and wearing waders. He was swept downstream into heavy rapids. A fly rod and backpack, identified as belonging to Meadows, were located the same day in the rapids below Meadows’ last known location.

SAR teams spent several days scouring the area. They used drones, dog teams, probes and underwater cameras in an attempt to locate Meadows. The U.S. Water Rescue Dive Team out of Billings also assisted in the search.