Body of Missouri River rescuer found

The body of a Wolf Point man lost on the Missouri River near his hometown late last month has been found.

Search crews found the body of 18-year-old Stonehail Moccasin on Wednesday, according to a statement from the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office. While his cause of death is still under investigation, the search for Moccasin began after he went into the river to save other swimmers, but did not return.

“All of us at the RCSO extend our heartfelt condolences to the Moccasin family during this extraordinarily difficult time,” Roosevelt County Sheriff Jason Frederick said in a statement posted to social media.

Stonehail and others were near the river a few miles south of Wolf Point on the night of Aug. 25, the Gazette previously reported. Some people went into the river, only to get caught in the current, according to statements from witnesses. Stonehail and one other person went into the water to help those trapped in the current. He was the only person who didn’t make it out. Between Aug. 25 and 27, according to data from the U.S. Geological Survey, the Missouri River flowing past Wolf Point peaked at around 12 feet. 

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