Musselshell County undersheriff provides update on search for 3-year-old

Posted at 5:40 PM, Jan 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-01 19:40:26-05

ROUNDUP – The search continues for a 3-year-old boy who fell in the Musselshell River Monday morning.

Musselshell County Undersheriff Shawn Lesnik told MTN search efforts have been unsuccessful so far.

He said he walked several miles along the river where the boy was last seen, but could not find anything.

Brutal conditions, including sub-zero temperatures, are making the search difficult. Lesnik said the community help has been immense, however.

Crews from the Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Office, the U.S. Water Rescue Dive Team, a cadaver dog and handler, and the Roundup Fire Department have all been on scene.

Residents have also provided generators, lights, and food to the search crews.

Lesnik said crews will wrap up the search around 6 p.m. Tuesday, but will pick up again Wednesday morning.

We will update you with any new information.

-Reported by Cat Hill/MTN News

(December 31, 2018) A 3-year-old Canadian boy is missing near Roundup after falling into the Musselshell River.

Musselshell County Undersheriff Shawn Lesnik said the boy and a 5-year-old girl were along the edge of the river around 11:15 Monday morning.

The boy then fell into the water, and has yet to resurface.

Lesnik said the conditions are very difficult to work with and the ice is up to 6″ thick in some places.

Crews are forced to use chainsaws and drills to breach the ice while cameras are being put into the holes in an effort to locate the young boy.

The search has been suspended for the night and will resume tomorrow.

The group was in town visiting the Kilby Butte Hutterite Colony.

The 5-year-old girl was unharmed.

We will update you with any new information.

-Reported by Cat Hill/MTN News