Authorities Identify Man Missing in Flathead River

Dayton Conrad, of Ronan, was last seen July 18 jumping from cliffs near Buffalo Rapids west of Polson

By Tristan Scott

Lake County authorities have identified the man who a witness says was swept away in the Flathead River on July 18 while cliff jumping west of Polson.

Dayton Conrad, 21, of Ronan, was last seen attempting to swim to shore after jumping off the cliffs near Buffalo Rapids, a popular swimming area below SKQ Dam. At about 5:15 p.m. on Saturday, Conrad’s friend called 911 to report the man missing, saying Conrad had been pulled under water by the current.

The friend left the area to obtain cell service to contact authorities, and emergency personnel from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Lake County Search and Rescue, Two Bear Air Rescue, and Finley Point Fire all assisted in a weekend-long search.

As of July 21, Conrad still had not been located.

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