Posted: Mar 14, 2013 7:09 PM by Melissa Rafferty - MTN News
Updated: Mar 15, 2013 8:58 AM
WEST GLACIER - Glacier National Park officials have identified Amy Marie Reddig of Kalispell, 28, as the woman whose body was found near the head of Lake McDonald on Thursday afternoon.
A news release from Glacier officials says that Park dispatch received a missing person report from the Flathead County Sheriff's Office at approximately 10:15 a.m. on Thursday.
Rangers found Reddig's vehicle in the parking lot of Lake McDonald Lodge at approximately 11:45 a.m. and a search effort was launched.
At approximately 3 p.m., personnel in the Flathead Emergency Aviation Resources helicopter found a body near the head of Lake McDonald.
The Flathead County Coroner was called to the scene and identified the body as that of Reddig.
The body was then taken to a funeral home, and will then be taken to the State Crime Lab in Missoula for an autopsy.
The cause of Reddig's death is not yet known, and authorities are continuing their investigation.
Personnel from Flathead National Forest, Flathead County Sheriff's Office, Flathead Search and Rescue, North Valley Search and Rescue, and Flathead Emergency Aviation Resources assisted Glacier National Park Rangers and employees in the search.
Glacier National Park authorities say they've found the body of a woman who had been reported missing this morning on the west side of the park.
Park spokeswoman Denise Germann tells us that the woman's body was found near the head of Lake McDonald late Thursday afternoon.
Rangers have confirmed it is the missing woman.
Search teams had been called out around 11 a.m. after receiving a report that the woman was overdue from a trip into the park.
Rangers found the woman's vehicle at Lake McDonald Lodge and found her body as crews were organizing their search base at the lodge.
The woman's name has not yet been released, nor has the cause of death.
(First Report, 4:28 pm) Glacier National Park rangers have launched a search for a woman reported missing on Thursday.
According to GNP spokeswoman Denise Germann, they were notified by the Flathead County Sheriff's office at 11 a.m. on Thursday that a woman was reported overdue from the park.
Rangers found the woman's vehicle at noon and began search efforts at that point.
It is not known yet where the woman was believed to be located in the park, but a staging area has been set up at Lake McDonald Lodge for the search.
MTN reporter Laura Wilson is on the scene in Glacier; we will update you as we learn more.