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Missouri River death

Search and rescue officials scour the Missouri River near Craig after a truck was found submerged on Monday, April 22.

The death of a 58-year-old man found submerged in a truck in the Missouri River in April was determined to be a suicide.

Lewis and Clark County Sheriff/Coroner Leo Dutton said Tuesday that the man died by suicide, and the cause of death was drowning.

On April 22, a late-model Toyota Tacoma was discovered in the Missouri River by residents upstream from the Craig boat launch and reported at about 10:30 a.m. The truck was driven between two houses into the river sometime on the night of April 21, according to Montana Highway Patrol trooper Brian Inman.

In most cases, the Independent Record does not identify those who die by suicide.

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For anyone who needs help, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline can be reached for 24 hours a day at 1-800-273-8255. 

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Crime and Health Reporter

Crime and health reporter for the Helena Independent Record.

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