A body has been recovered from Clark Fork River in Mineral County, Montana, near where Rebekah Barsotti disappeared back in July 2021.
Mineral County Sheriff Mike Toth said the body was discovered near the bank of the river shortly after 1:15 pm on Tuesday May 17, in the area of River Bend Road.
The body has been sent to the State Crime Lab in Missoula for identification and an autopsy.
There have been recent searches for 33 year old Rebekah Barsotti in the area, who was last seen hiking with her dog along the Clark Fork River on July 20, 2021.
On the day she disappeared, Barsotti headed to the river for a hike with her dog Cerberus, and was last seen on the beach of the river at 3:15 pm.
Later that day, a family traveling from Oregon called 911 when they discovered some of Barsotti’s personal belongings left unattended on the shore of Clark Fork River, on the east side of Alberton Rock.
Among Barsotti’s personal belongings found on the shore of Clark Fork River were her cell phone, driver’s license, credit card, car keys, a dog leash, and the remote to her dog’s e-collar.
On July 26, 2021, the body of Cerberus was found in the Clark Fork River, about ten miles downstream from mile marker 72. The dog appeared to have drowned and authorities found no indication of harm nor struggle.
An extensive search of the area was conducted with the help of search and rescue teams, divers, and volunteers from Missoula and Mineral, but turned up no signs of Rebekah Barsotti.
Police found no evidence, means or motive for foul play in Rebekah Barsotti’s disappearance. They suspect Barsotti drowned in the Clark Fork River after jumping in the river to save her dog.
A $12,000 reward is being offered by her family for information that results in the recovery of Rebekah Barsotti.
If you have any information regarding the disappearance of Rebekah Barsotti please contact the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office at (406) 258-4810 or the Mineral County Sheriff’s Office at (406) 822-3555.
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