Authorities were called for a welfare check on Wednesday evening around Burnt Creek Channel in Burleigh County for a possible missing man or drowning victim.

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Colin Archer / Getty Images

According to KFYR-TV, Burleigh County Sheriff's office responded and discovered an open spot in the river, which led them to believe someone fell into the river. The office dispatched the dive team, where they discovered a body.

The man is identified as 70-year-old Gregory Wentz.

Also on the scene was the Bismarck Rural Fire Department and Metro Ambulance.

An autopsy was performed.

The original call was for a welfare check and missing man. The authorities’ responded to the scene and after a short search, made the discovery of the man.

The call came in about 6pm Wednesday.


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