Posted: Jul 14, 2013 8:31 AM by Laura Wilson - MTN News
Updated: Jul 14, 2013 8:32 AM
WEST GLACIER - The FBI is investigating the death of Cody Johnson of Kalispell, whose body was found at Glacier National Park on Friday, and there are still a lot of big questions to be answered in this unusual death.
The details surrounding the death of Johnson, 25, whose body was discovered below the Loop area of the Going-to-the-Sun Road around 9:45 a.m. on Friday, are still quite limited.
"The entire incident is under investigation at this time," park spokeswoman Denise Germann said.
Johnson was reported missing on Monday by family and friends after he didn't show up for work at Nomad Global Communications Systems.
Johnson, who was married at the end of last month, was last seen by his wife Jordan at around 10 p.m. on July 7th - and she told authorities her husband climbed into the passenger seat of an unknown, dark-colored car, with Washington license plates.
Information obtained by police suggests the vehicle headed into the West Glacier/Hungry Horse area, although it is unknown where Johnson actually intended to go.
Friends and family were never able to make contact with him after his disappearance
Park dispatchers were called on Friday morning about a possible body below the Going-to-the Sun Road.
A helicopter and specialized short-haul rescue team were called upon to reach the steep and rocky terrain, where Johnson's body was located.
"We had some assistance from the Kalispell Police Department, the F.B.I., as well as Parks Canada and Flathead County Sheriff's Office," Germann told us.
This is the fourth death reported in Glacier National Park since January, but it's the first incident this year in which the FBI has become involved.
"It depends what the situation is. Right now, we're working with local and international partners," Germann said.
Johnson's body was taken to a local funeral home and an autopsy will be conducted.