The Montana State Crime Lab has determined Rebekah Barsotti died by drowning, according to the Mineral County Sheriff. Her case is still under investigation, as officials haven’t yet determined how or why she drowned.
33 year old Rebekah Barsotti was last seen in Superior, Montana on July 20, 2021. She disappeared along the Clark Fork River while hiking with her dog, Cerberus.
On July 20, 2021, Barsotti drove to the Town Pump gas station in Superior around 2:15 pm, to meet an intermediary to get the rest of her belongings from her ex-husband’s home.
Afterward, Barsotti headed to the Clark Fork River for a hike with her dog Cerberus. Around 3:15 pm, a video captured on her phone showed her training with Ceberus 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.
On June 2, 2022, the body was identified through dental records as belonging to 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.