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Woman found dead in Stillwater River has been identified

Posted at 6:22 AM, Jul 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-24 08:29:26-04

BILLINGS — The woman found dead in the Stillwater River several days ago has been identified as Deanna Limberhand of Lame Deer.

The body of Limberhand, 39 years old, was discovered Tuesday near Jeffrey's Landing Fishing Access several miles northeast of Absarokee in a shallow channel of the river.

The drowning is being investigated because authorities have no witnesses, according to Stillwater County Sheriff Chip Kem.

Anyone who had contact with Limberhand in the days leading up to the drowning is asked to call Stillwater County Chief Deputy Skyler Steele at 406-322-5326.

(JULY 21, 2021) Stillwater County Sheriff Chip Kem said Wednesday searchers recovered the body of a female drowning victim Tuesday morning in the Stillwater River near Jeffrey's Landing Fishing Access.

The woman in her 30s had likely only been in the water a few hours, Kem wrote on his official Facebook page.

The Sheriff's Office received the call around 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday and discovered the body hung up in a shallow portion of the river channel.

The autopsy was conducted Wednesday and determined cause of death to be drowning, according to Kem.

The woman was not from Stillwater County, and her identity will be released once next of kin are notified, according to Kem.

The investigation into the drowning is ongoing, according to Kem.