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Sheriff releases cause of death for man found in submerged vehicle near Craig

Posted at 12:10 PM, May 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-07 14:10:03-04

Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton released the cause and manner of death for the man found in a submerged vehicle near Craig in April.

Dutton said John MacArthur, 58, died by suicide. The official cause was drowning.

MacArthur’s body was found in a completely submerged 2019 Tacoma pickup-truck along with a deceased dog in the Missouri River on April 22.

He had a Minnesota driver’s license, but also had an address listed in Cascade.


If you or a loved one you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide, help is available.

The Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7 at 1-888-273-8255 and the Text Line can be accessed by texting “MT” to 741 741.

More information about suicide prevention in Montana can be found here.

(April 22, 2019) A vehicle with a body inside was found submerged in the Missouri River near Craig Monday morning.

According to Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton, at 10:25 a.m., the 911 dispatch center received a call from a fisherman, who was just south of Craig, of a submerged pickup truck in the Missouri River.

Lewis and Clark Dive and Emergency was called to the scene and their jet ski team found that a man and dog were deceased in the vehicle.

The investigation is ongoing, but it did appear the truck had driven between two houses before landing in the river.

The man’s body will be taken to Missoula for an autopsy. His name has not yet been released.

We will update you with any new information.