SUPERIOR – SUPERIOR – Dental records have confirmed that the body found May 17, 2022 in the Clark Fork River near Superior is that of Rebekah Barsotti, according to Mineral County Sheriff Nike Toth.
Barsotti, 33, was last seen July 20, 2021 at around 2:15 p.m. at the Town Pump in Superior. She was reported missing on July 21 and an extensive search by water, ground and air began involving resources from four counties and Two Bear Air.
Barsotti’s vehicle and some personal items were located at Mile 71 on Interstate 90 near the Clark Fork River near Alberton.
Mineral County Search and Rescue, Missoula County Search and Rescue, and members of the Kootenai County and Flathead County Search and Rescue teams have begun an extensive search in and around the Clark Fork River. Toth notes that, combined, more than 2,000 hours were spent researching Barsotti.
“I said if it’s Rebekah, then it’s going to match what we said. That’s exactly it. She drowned and she got stuck in the river somewhere, and like I I said from day one, once the spring runoff comes, it’ll skyrocket and move her more and move her against the bank, and then once the spring runoff comes and the river is high, she has down again and left it there so that was my first thought but again we couldn’t be positive until we heard some [State] Crime Lab,” Toth told MTN News.
But the cause and circumstances surrounding Rebekah’s death are still under investigation.
“The Mineral County Sheriff’s Office extends its deepest condolences to Rebekah’s family and friends during this very difficult time,” Toth said in a news release issued earlier Thursday.
– information from Megan Mannering included in this report.