The body of 22-year-old Darien Latty, reported missing on Monday after last seen tubing down the Yellowstone River near Tower Junction, has been found.
Three young concession employees, including Latty, reportedly used inner tubes to float the Lamar River on Monday. Shortly after reaching the confluence of the Lamar and Yellowstone Rivers, two of the men got out of the water, but Latty did not. He was was last seen about 7:30 p.m. Monday being propelled downstream by the rushing water, without either an inner tube or life jacket.
Search efforts began Monday evening. At its peak, over 50 people were involved in the search including a helicopter, three dog teams, and several groups of searchers on foot.
Late Friday searchers spotted what they thought was a submerged body pinned to a large rock in a very steep and dangerous section of the Yellowstone River, about 1/4 mile downstream from where Latty was last seen.
A swiftwater rescue team from Gallatin County, Montana, was called in Saturday to navigate the river. Using kayaks and a raft anchored to both banks of the river, they were able to dislodge and recover Latty’s body Saturday afternoon. A helicopter was utilized to remove his body from the remote area.
The coroner made a positive identification Saturday evening.
Latty, who was from northeastern Georgia community of Demorest, was in Yellowstone working as a summer seasonal employee at Roosevelt Lodge. An autopsy will be conducted to confirm the cause of death.
Image courtesy of National Park Service.