A Morton County Sheriff’s Deputy found the body of a 74-year-old Bismarck man this morning along the Heart River west of Mandan.
At around 10 a.m., the deputy was checking the shoreline and discovered the body of Lynn Fairfield about a mile downstream from where his boat had capsized on the river when he went missing April 9. Mandan Rural Fire assisted with recovery of the body from the river.
Fairfield’s wife had called 911 the day he went missing to report that her husband left their home that morning to check some hunting locations and was gone all day. She told officers she was unable to reach him on his phone. That evening, his boat was found capsized and caught in an ice jam.
The Morton County Sheriff’s Office has regularly searched the area as deputies walked the shorelines and used drones to scan from the air. Since April 9, MCSO has also utilized ND Highway Patrol aircraft, underwater equipment and manpower from the Burleigh County Swift Water Rescue Team, the volunteer Morton County Dive Team, a NDHP bloodhound, and MCSO K9s to search the area. MCSO is also grateful for the assistance from local residents who supported MCSO in its search.