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Illinois man dies after fall during hike in Montana

UPDATE 10/20/17: A 26-year-old Illinois man died after falling during a hike in Montana’s Beartooth Mountains north of Yellowstone National Park.

Stillwater County Undersheriff Chip Kem tells The Billings Gazette that two hikers who have medical training saw Chase Shott fall from a trail above Mystic Lake on Wednesday afternoon. He was dead by the time they reached him.

Shott’s body was recovered Wednesday night by a group that included NorthWestern Energy workers.

His hometown was not released.


A hiker was found dead near Mystic Lake in the Beartooth Mountains north of Yellowstone National Park.

The Billings Gazette reports two hikers found the man’s body on Wednesday afternoon and called Stillwater County sheriff’s department. Sgt. Randy Smith says it appears the hiker died in a fall.

His name was not being released until family members could be notified.

Smith says NorthWestern Energy is allowing the rescue team to use a nearby tram to transport the man’s body to the Mystic Lake Dam’s power plant.

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