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Dead Body Found in Black Eagle Dam Identified

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The body found Wednesday at the Black Eagle Dam has been identified as Graham Macker, 26, from the Kalispell area.

He had run away in November of last year from the Great Falls Pre-Release Center. At that time the Great Falls Police Department, Cascade County Sheriff's Office, a Homeland Security helicopter and a K-9 unit were dispatched to try to find Macker as he ran toward the river by the 15th Street bridge. He is thought to have hid in a highly foliated area, so the authorities were not able to find him. But it was not thought that Macker had fallen into the river.

Wednesday morning, a PPL Montana crew came out to break up the ice around the dam and found the body under the ice shelf.

"What we have is that because we could not get personal inside the water because of the conditions. We had to lower the body down the other side. Its not that far and its safer for everyone. It does not disturb the victim at this point. They can easily walk in at the bottom of the dam and get the victim out safely," said Sheriff Bob Edwards about the removal of the body from the river.

An autopsy revealed the official cause of death to be drowning, so there is no foul play suspected.

The investigation has now been handed over to the Montana State Department of Criminal Investigation, so all new updates will come from that department.

We will keep you update if anymore information becomes available.

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