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Authorities ID man's remains found in Flathead River

by SCOTT SHINDLEDECKER
Lake County Leader | October 16, 2021 10:30 AM

Justin David Icard, 32, went missing on Nov. 6, 2017. On Thursday, he was positively identified as the person whose remains were found in the Flathead River on Sept. 6.

Rafters discovered the remains in the Flathead River while floating below the Pressentine Bar fishing access site. A team of anthropologists from the University of Montana arrived on Tuesday, Sept. 7, to help recover the remains.

Flathead County Sheriff Brian Heino said the remains were found in the Addison Square area and appeared to have been in the river for a long time. The body was caught on a log that became exposed due to low water levels this summer.

Icard, a Hungry Horse resident and a Washington state native, was never seen alive after he disappeared.

Heino said dental records were used to identify Icard.

While family members and friends believe Icard was the victim of foul play, Heino said the investigation into the cause of his death continues.

Heino did report that Icard was seen in the Flathead River near the U.S. 2 bridge south of Hungry Horse the night he disappeared. But officials are still investigating what happened that night.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 406-758-5600.