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Yellowstone County investigating death of Billings teen pulled from river channel

Hunter called dispatch to report human remains in the river
Posted at 1:00 PM, Aug 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-01 11:55:12-04

BILLINGS- Yellowstone County authorities are investigating the discovery of a body found in the Yellowstone River.

On Saturday, Aug. 22 at 2:15 pm, deputies were dispatched to the area of the Yellowstone River near Custer Frontage Road and 39 S.

Yellowstone County Sheriff Mike Linder said in a Monday news release a hunter called dispatch to report coming across human remains in a channel of the river.

The body has been identified as Anthony Pedigo, 18 of Billings.

When deputies arrived, they located the badly decomposed remains, according to Linder. The body was recovered and taken to the state forensic lab morgue in Billings.

Pedigo was reported to the sheriff’s office as a missing person on Aug. 7, 2020.

An autopsy was performed on Aug. 25 and it was reported there are no obvious signs of foul play.

"Due to information our office had received shortly after the body was discovered, we decided not to release any information about the discovery at that time," said Linder in a press release.

He also says it has since been determined that the information his agency received earlier was not related to this incident.

The investigation is continuing, and investigators are asking the public’s help in determining who may have seen or had contact with Pedigo in the past month, said Linder.

Anyone with information about Anthony Pedigo is asked to contact the Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Office at 406-256-2929.