THE mystery surrounding a missing woman who disappeared almost a year ago has been solved thanks to a vital piece of evidence.
Rebekah Barsotti, of Montana, went missing in July 2021 and her body was recovered from the Clark Ford River last month.
Authorities managed to positively identify the remains as belonging to Barsotti, 34, via her dental records, Mineral County Sheriff Michael Toth said.
Her cause of death remains unknown as her remains have been taken to the Montana Crime Laboratory for an autopsy.
Cops are continuing to investigate the circumstances behind her death, the Daily Inter Lake reported.
Barsotti was last seen at a Town Pump gas station in Superior on July 20, 2021.
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Family members reported her missing the next day and her car was found at a swimming hole near Alberton.
Her dog Cerberus was found dead around 10 miles from where Barsotti went missing.
Rescue crews dedicated more than 2,000 hours as they tried to find Barsotti, Toth said.
Officials from four counties were drafted in and personnel from the Two Bear Air search team also helped in search efforts.
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Teams also used drones, and sonars, and deployed divers as part of the investigation.
Toth told MTN that Barsotti"drowned and got stuck somewhere in the river".
In February, Rebekah's mom Angela Mastrovito told MTN News that it had been a “grueling” seven months following her disappearance.
In September, cops admitted that potential leads had been “exhausted” in their search efforts, the Missoulian reported.
Mastrovito battled through tears as she spoke about her daughter at a vigil that was held just weeks after she went missing.
She said: "She doesn't wear hardly any makeup. Nothing you know, but her beauty from inside…it just radiates out.
"She's kind, she's humble, she's compassionate. She is determined."
She compared her emotions to a "tornado, tsunami and a hurricane".
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She added: "I have days where I can pull it together and do what I need to do, and there are other days I'm nothing, I'm just a puddle."
Mastrovito vowed to tell her story and wanted something to come good of it.
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