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Body of Polson man reported missing has been found

Posted: Feb 28, 2018 12:02 PM Updated:
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The body of a missing Polson man was found Tuesday afternoon.

Kyle Butterhof, 26, was reported missing by his family last Friday.

Kyle's mother told MTN News on Tuesday that his body was found at the bottom of the SKQ Dam near Polson.

Lake County Sheriff Don Bell says a crew in a a Two Bear Air helicopter found the body shortly before 1:30 p.m. on a cliffside below the SKQ Dam observation lookout. 

Butterhof's body was retrieved by Two Bear Air and taken to Missoula to undergo an autopsy at the Montana State Crime Lab, according to Sheriff Bell.

No foul play is suspected. 


(FEBRUARY 26, 2018) The Lake County Sheriff's Office says they are searching for 26-year old Kyle Butterhof of Polson near the SKQ Dam.

Sheriff Don Bell tells MTN News they are looking for Butterhof after his truck was found in the parking lot Saturday.

Sheriff Bell says Butterhof’s father contacted law enforcement Friday after his son left his home in Perma distraught. 

Bell says "an attempt to locate" was issued to law enforcement officers in the area to be on the lookout for Butterhof.

Employees at the SKQ dam found Butterhof’s vehicle in the parking lot at the SKQ dam on Saturday, but wasn't reported to law enforcement until Sunday.

Sheriff Bell says that his deputies, search and rescue crews, and “man trackers” spent the day Sunday and Monday looking for Butterhof. 

Bell says searchers found no human tracks near the water or along the shoreline.

They are now searching nearby roads and fields with the assistance of three drones to see if he walked away from the area.

Butterhof's mother Cindy Lee tells MTN News that her son has Asperger syndrome and is autistic, which she said makes him anti-social.   

Lee says Butterhof was wearing jeans, a dark shirt, and a thin jacket with orange and grey.  He is 5'6" and weighs 125 pounds.

Bell says they pinged Butterhof’s cellphone but there has been no activity since Friday. 

Bell asks if anyone knows of Butterhof’s whereabouts to call Lake County Sheriff Dispatch at 406-883-7301 ext. 1.

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