Search continues for Wolf Point man presumed drowned

Posted at 7:56 AM, May 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-01 09:56:59-04

(GREAT FALLS) The search continues for Jason Azure, a Wolf Point man who is presumed to have drowned after he jumped into the Missouri River on Friday to save someone who fell in.

Jestin Dupree, a Fort Peck Tribal Councilman, has been helping with the search and shared the following information:

Today I had the chance to see first hand how our local law enforcement personnel work together in search of Jason Azure. I was on the boat with Dan McKee and David Dale from the Tribes Fish and Game Dept, MHP Derek Werner was out on his boat with Ft Peck Tribes Criminal Investigator Kenny Trottier, Roosevelt County Sheriffs Dept had Sheriff Jason Fredricks, Deputies Clay McGeshick, Pilar Kuntz, and Orrin Cantrell out in their boat, The Ft Peck Tribes Law and Justice Dept boat was out with Chief Summers and Officer Chris Grey Bear, and there was a search and rescue boat coming in from Williston, ND.

Troy Blount and Patrick O’Connor from the Sheriffs Dept were checking the riverbanks on 4 wheelers. Tracy O’Connor flies from Poplar to Glasgow daily for a mail run and he’s agreed to do a daily fly by on the Missouri River from Poplar to Wolf Point. Paul Azure is assisting with his personal boat. There have been numerous other people out assisting with the search and everyone is grateful for all the help. Derek Werner and the Search and Rescue Boat from Williston had sonar equipment that was utilized today.

We are all out searching for Jason Azure and will continue to do so until he’s found.

We will update you as we get more information.

(APRIL 29, 2018) Family and friends continue to search for a Wolf Point man who is presumed to have drowned after he jumped into the Missouri River on Friday to save someone who fell in.

Jason B. Azure, 40 years old, jumped in after someone fell in and was swept downstream. The other person was able to get out of the fast flowing river, but Azure did not resurface.

Azure’s family is upset with the slow response to the search efforts.

"They got a little boat down there right now looking other than that there’s only going to be family and friends coming in a couple other boats there was someone looking this morning on the river just someone from the community who cares," said Brenda Calder, Azure’s mother. "Jason loved everyone, he was a people person, he didn’t have much in his own life and he gave everything he had to help people."

We have tried to contact law enforcement for an update, but have not yet received a response.

We will update you if we get more information.

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