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Body found in Clark Fork River identified as that of missing Superior man

By KECI Staff
Published On: Feb 08 2013 06:42:56 PM MST
Body found in Clark Fork River identified as missing Superior man
SUPERIOR, Mont. -

At least one question in the disappearance of a young Superior man last November has been answered.

The body found in the Clark Fork River Tuesday is that of Dustin Goebel.

But the state crime lab is still conducting its investigation on the body.

Residents saw the body Tuesday in the Clark Fork River off Slow Way Road about five miles west of town.

Investigators think the young man's body had been in the river for some time.

"Who knows how Dustin ended up in the river," said Mineral County Sheriff Ernie Ornelas. "Was he by the river, got a little cold, some people don't process very well under those conditions,"said the sheriff.

"There could have been foul play, absolutely,"said Ornelas,"But until we have something from the state medical examiner's office that will give us those kinds of indications anything right now is just speculation."

The sheriff said the Superior High School graduate did struggle with mental challenges.

"He's at rest now and if he did have demons, they're gone" said Superior resident Vicki Olson. "All I know is that he was a very gentle soul and he needs to have his story told in a way that people can relate to."

Sheriff Ornelas said he doesn't expect new information until next week at least.