Joe Kelly is dead.
Our cousin has been missing since before Easter. He took his truck, ostensibly to run errands...and never came back. A motorist reported seeing him driving toward Columbus (Montana, not Ohio, I'd guess), but Joe wasn't using his credit cards at all. Nor was he accessing his bank account.
From the Billings Gazette newspaper article:
At that point, she knew what the outcome would likely be.
When Jane learned searchers had found Joe's body Wednesday in the Pryors it wasn't a surprise.
"But it was kind of a surprise he went back to the same place," she said.
In early April, before he went missing, Joe had hopped in his truck one afternoon to go drive around south of town. Jane said at some point during the drive he got turned around and ended up in the Pryor Mountains.
He eventually found his way out and made his way back to Billings, getting home at 1:30 a.m.
After that, Jane and Joe made an appointment with a specialist. Although Joe was only 59, he was showing distressing signs of a rapid mental decline, Jane said.
They were hopeful the specialist would provide them with answers and maybe even treatment options.
But the appointment never happened. It was the day Joe was supposed to see the specialist that he disappeared.
Work crews found his truck -- and Joe's body about a half-mile away. It appears his truck got stuck in the mud and snow, and Joe tried to walk out. He died of hypothermia.