Eastern Montana

Sep 18, 2012 12:50 AM by KTVQ (Billings)

Search crews find body of missing cowboy in eastern Montana

The search for Luke Herring, who was reported missing in Treasure County last week, has ended, with authorities announcing that his body was found on Monday afternoon.

Herring's body was found west of the Myers Bridge near Hysham, spotted by a helicopter that was helping in the search.

Herrring, 26, from Wisconsin, was first reported missing last Tuesday, when he failed to return to the ranch where he was working.

Authorities believe Herring was trying to recover some cattle stranded on a island in the Yellowstone River when he disappeared.

Herring's horse was found dead in the river last Friday, but until today there was no sign of Herring.

Treasure County Sheriff Wayne Robison says Herring's body was recovered about a mile from where authorities believe he may have been trying to cross the Yellowstone.

The search for Herring scoured a 12 mile stretch of the Yellowstone, including a team of divers from Gallatin County, along with search dogs and underwater cameras.

Robison says an autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday to determine the exact cause of death.

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