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Student returns sword, part of Geery memorial trophy

By Will Wadley, KECI Weekend Anchor, wwadley@keci.com
Published On: Jan 17 2014 02:53:26 PM MST
Updated On: Jan 17 2014 05:00:34 PM MST
Clark Fork sword search
MISSOULA, Mont. -

Missoula Police tell us a student has turned in a missing part of a trophy that honored a Hellgate High School teen who died last year.

The sword was part of a trophy given by the father of Hellgate High School student Chance Geery to the school, but it was stolen and was believed to have been thrown into the Clark Fork River near the Higgins Avenue Bridge.

On Thursday, police thought they had located the sword in the river. Firefighters with a pontoon raft and dry suits returned to the spot Friday, but they weren't able to spot the sword.

Battalion Chief Troy Ault says the effort was still valuable to the department.

“This is good training for us, for one,” said Ault. We get a chance to put on our dry suit again and cat raft out, and if we can help in any way with the police department or the schools, that's what we're all about."

Shortly after they gave up the search, police say a student turned in the sword.  Authorities tell us they're still investigating the incident.  No arrest has been made yet.