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Body of Michigan man found in Montana mountains

Park County investigators said a heli-plane team from Gallatin County Sheriff's Search and Rescue helped recover the body from a steep rocky chute in Sweet Grass County. (Photo Courtesy: Park County Sheriff's Office)

SWEET GRASS COUNTY, Montana (WPBN/WGTU) -- The body of a 39-year-old Michigan man was found in Montana.

According to the Park County Sheriff's Office, dispatch received a call around 10:20 p.m. local time on Monday, August 13 of a late hiker in the Crazy Mountains near the Cave Lake area.

Investigators said the man was volunteering with the Rocky Mountain Goat alliance on a collaborative project with the Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks.

Sweet Grass County Deputies were able to confirm the missing person's vehicle was in fact at the trailhead in Sweet Grass County, where he was reported to have departed from.

In the early hours of Tuesday, August 14, Park County deputies, with assistance from Two Bear Air's infrared unit, began a search effort.

The party was unsuccessful in finding the man.

A more thorough search of the area was started by Park County Search and Rescue, sheriff's office, Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks and other volunteers.

This included the use of two ground teams that hiked the area as well as Rocky Mountain Rotors who helped with air support, transport and air search.

Searchers were unable to find the missing man during the operation.

Operations were suspended that evening.

Sergeant Brad Bichler said the man's body was found Wednesday afternoon.

Investigators said a heli-plane team from Gallatin County Sheriff's Search and Rescue helped recover the body from a steep rocky chute in Sweet Grass County.

The identity of the man has not been released at this time.

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