The body recovered from Clark Fork River on May 17, 2022, has been identified as Rebekah Barsotti, who went missing from the area nearly a year ago. The identification was made through dental records, according to Mineral County Sheriff Nike Toth.
The investigation into the cause and manner of her death are ongoing.
33 year old Barsotti went missing on July 20, 2021, after heading to the Clark Fork River for a hike with her dog Cerberus. Around 3:15 pm, a video captured on her phone showed them training on the beach of the river.
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.
In May 2022 a body was recovered from the Clark Fork River, near where Rebekah disappeared, and sent to the State Crime Lab for identification and an autopsy.
At the time of her disappearance, Barsotti lived with her dog in her own place on Mullan Road in Missoula, Montana and worked as a server at Plonk, an upscale wine bar restaurant.