The Blaine County Sheriff has identified the teen whose body was found in a field along US Highway 2.
Jeremy Tincher, 17 years old, was found deceased in a field near mile post 426 along Highway 2 on Thursday morning.
A press release from the Sheriff's Office says that Tincher was reported to be last seen walking along the highway between Harlem and Fort Belknap on Wednesday evening.
He was not appropriately dressed for the extremely cold temperatures and he succumbed to hypothermia and exposure.
His body was taken to the Montana State Medical Examiner in Billings for autopsy.
The cause of death was confirmed to be hypothermia, and the Sheriff's Office noted that alcohol may have been a contributing factor in his death.
This investigation continues and is being handled by the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office.
Undersheriff Frank Jay Billmayer said in the press release: "The Blaine County Sheriff’s/ Coroner’s Office extends its deepest condolences to the family and community for the loss of this young man. This is the second death in Blaine County due to hypothermia in as many weeks. BCSO implores community members to take these frigid temperatures seriously and dress accordingly. Disorientation and death can occur in a matter of minutes when outside temperatures are so cold."
This marks at least the fourth Montana death directly related to exposure within the last several weeks.
Victims of hypothermia are often: