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Missing Swimmer Recovered


September 16, 2020 | View PDF

Law enforcement crews searching for missing swimmer on the Yellowstone River. (Photo submitted)

On Sept. 5, at about 1:05 p.m. the Richland County Sheriff's Office received a report of a missing swimmer in the Yellowstone River about a mile south from Richland Park. The swimmer was identified as 13-year-old Ira David Lawrence, Watford City. A search of the area continued for next four days by air, water and land.

On Wednesday Sept. 9, at about 1:59 p.m. the body was recovered in the Yellowstone River by law enforcement Dive Team.

Sheriff John Dynneson and Richland County Sheriff's Office expresses our sincere sympathy to the family, friends and neighbors of Ira Lawrence.

The sheriff's office wishes to thank all those that took part in the search or offered to assist in the search.


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