Searchers find body of woman who went missing on Stillwater River Sunday

Billings Gazette

The body of the woman lost on Sunday when the raft she was riding in overturned on the Stillwater River has been recovered.

Julie Capdeville Freeman, 44, of Laurel, was found Wednesday about 3:15 p.m. by rescuers using a jet boat on the runoff-swollen Yellowstone River. She was found on a small gravel bar in the Yellowstone River several miles downstream from Columbus where the Stillwater merges with the Yellowstone.

The woman had been rafting on the river with a party of four others, including a 4-year-old girl and a pregnant woman. Only the child was wearing a life jacket, said one of the searchers.

Rescuers responded to an emergency call on the river at about 1 p.m. Sunday, Stillwater County Undersheriff Randy E. Smith said.

High water made the search and rescue tricky, Smith said. The area was combed by jet boat, drone, helicopter and members of emergency services.

The raft apparently flipped after descending a familiar rapid on the river called Beartooth Drop and then hitting a bridge abutment. 

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