Missoula County sheriff IDs Salmon Lake drowning victim

Missoula County sheriff IDs Salmon Lake drowning victim

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Salmon Lake is seen in this 2018 file photo.

A man who died in Salmon Lake Monday evening has been identified as Douglas K. Pewitt, 80, of Seeley Lake, according to a Facebook post from Missoula County Sheriff and Coroner TJ McDermott.

Pewitt's death was ruled an accidental drowning, according to the post that went up shortly before noon Tuesday.

A diver recovered Pewitt's body from Salmon Lake Monday evening after the sheriff’s office received word that a vehicle had gone into the lake.

The diver, certified by the sheriff’s office, recovered the body at about 8 p.m., according to earlier Facebook posts from the office.

“The recovery took several hours with very cold temperatures,” it said.

At about 5:30 p.m. Monday, a vehicle was seen sinking into the north end of the lake, according to the sheriff's office.

The diver was assisted by Seeley-Swan Search and Rescue, the sheriff’s office said.

"Please keep his family in your continued thoughts and prayers as they deal with this terrible tragedy," the sheriff's office said Tuesday.

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