Prayer vigil for Great Falls woman presumed to have drowned in the Missouri River

Posted at 4:47 PM, Apr 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-30 18:47:59-04

The father of the Great Falls woman who was reported to have fallen into the Missouri River in Great Falls has confirmed her name.

Tommy Roberts told KRTV on Monday that they are "90 percent" sure that his 21-year old daughter Brittney Roberts is the young woman who was spotted in the river last Monday.Brittney Roberts

Search and rescue crews spent most of Monday looking for Brittney, and have been back out on the water and along the shore six times since then trying to find her. 

The search has been hampered by weather and debris in the water. 

Roberts says they will be holding a prayer vigil at the Absarokee High School football field at 9 p.m. tonight.

Smith Funeral Chapels of Laurel & Columbus posted the following message on Facebook:

A Prayer Vigil for Brittney Roberts will be held at the Absarokee High School football field, 327 Woodard Avenue, Absarokee on Monday, April 30th at 9:00 p.m.

Please join Brittney’s family in candle light prayer for the recovery of Brittney’s body. Please bring your own candles. 

Memorials can be made at Altana Federal Credit Union in Brittney’s name or by mail Brittney Robert Memorial, c/o Angela Kallevig, Altana, P.O. Box 143, Columbus, MT 59019 to help the family with expenses.

Brittney leaves behind a 1 1/2-year old son, and a fiancee.

We will update you as we get more information.

(APRIL 27, 2018) There is still no sign of the young woman who was reported to have fallen into the Missouri River on Monday.

Search and rescue personnel spent much of Monday trying to find her; by the end of the day, Cascade County Sheriff Bob Edwards determined that the rescue operation had become a recovery process.

Witnesses saw the woman near the caboose on the River’s Edge Trail before she was spotted in the water coming toward Black Eagle Dam by dam workers. The dam workers said they tried to help the woman but the current was too strong and she went through the dam.

Sheriff Edwards says that although they believe they know who the person is, they are not releasing her name until they have a positive identification.

Family members have also declined to speak on camera about the identity of the woman, although the woman’s fiancee has posted publicly on Facebook: "They have an idea of where she is but it could take up to six weeks because of being in an eddy (whirlpool-like thing) unless a current brings her up sooner."

The fiancee also posted:"They pulled the shoe out of the river right in front of me… And I screamed ‘That’s hers"…. The sheriff asked me if I could tell him about a special mark on It and I told him it had green paint on the toe… And then he bowed his head and said I’m so sorry for your loss."

Edwards is asking anyone who may see something in the water to call 911 immediately and to not enter the river.

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