- Associated Press - Thursday, December 15, 2016

COLUMBUS, Mont. (AP) - Stillwater County officials have suspended a search for a man believed missing in the Yellowstone River near Columbus.

Undersheriff Chip Kern tells The Billings Gazette (bit.ly/2hzoEbw) that deteriorating weather conditions prompted a temporary halt to efforts at about 2 p.m. Thursday.

The search began Tuesday after a park caretaker found a bicycle near the river. A Columbus police officer spotted tracks leading to the river but none leading away. Officers interviewed area residents who said they thought they heard someone yell at about 6 p.m. Monday

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Tammie Mullikin says search dogs showed strong interest in an area under the ice about 10 to 20 feet from where the man is believed to have fallen into the water.

Kern says the missing man’s name was being withheld at his family’s request.

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