Big Horn County coroner identifies body found near Hardin, cause of death to be determined


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BILLINGS, Montana — The Big Horn County coroner has identified a body found north of Hardin to be that of a 61-year-old St. Xavier man.

Coroner Terry Bullis told the Billings Gazette ( ) Thursday the official cause of death has not been determined, but it appears that Maynard Kenneth Hill drowned.

Hill's body was found Sunday by a ranch hand on a river rock bed about 17 miles north of Hardin.

Bullis says authorities are investigating how Hill ended up in the river. Undersheriff Michael Fuss has said it appears the man's body was likely in the area for more than a week.

Information from: The Billings Gazette,

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