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Missing Man Found Dead In Paradise Valley

Park County MT Sheriff

Members of the Park County, Montana Sheriff’s Department last week located the body of a missing hiker who had been the subject of a search since mid-June.  Responding to a tip from another hiker, a team of search dogs was brought together with a sheriff’s deputy to investigate an area about one mile from the George Lake trailhead. About 4:00 pm Friday, the group located the body of an adult male well off the trail and in dense rugged terrain.  Then over the weekend, Park County officials say the body was positively identified as that of 27 year-old Brad Spalding.  It was also determined that Spalding’s death was self-inflicted.  At the height of the search, there were 50 volunteers, sheriff’s officers, dog teams, and units from the Civil Air Patrol combing the area near where Spalding’s car had been found.

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