Man’s Body Found in Cannonball River was Missing Dakota Access Pipeline Protester

Sheriff IDs body found in river near former Dakota Access Pipeline protest site

Red Power Media Staff | April 10, 2017

Morton County Sheriff’s Department say a body found along the Cannonball River shoreline Sunday was 35-year-old Damjan Nedelkovski of Glendale, Calif.

Nedelkovski was found by a local fisherman around 11:30 a.m. on April 9.

According to the autopsy there was no trauma to the body that would suspect any foul play. The cause of death is still pending, and authorities are unsure how long the body was in the river.

According to Forum News Service, the California man was at the Dakota Access Pipeline protest camps. Nedelkovski, who was known to be at the protest camps, last had contact with family and friends on Oct. 29, 2016.

The Bismarck Tribune reports, the day before, he was stopped for speeding in South Dakota. There, he told police he was headed to the pipeline protest camps.

His stepbrother filed a missing person report with Glendale Police Department on Nov. 16, 2016, according to authorities.

Photo courtesy of Morton County Sheriff’s Department: shoreline where the body was found.

Sheriff officers found a Republic of Macedonia identification card on his person, and Nedelkovski’s family within the United States and Eastern Europe have been contacted.

A vehicle he rented and drove to North Dakota was located and impounded from the Oceti Sakowin camp, when it was cleared on Feb. 23.

To learn more about when Nedelkovski died, police have subpoenaed credit card usage records. They have also contacted police near Minneapolis, where the rental car is located, to see if he left any property in it.

The Morton County Sheriff’s Department is asking anyone with any information about Nedelkovski’s whereabouts between Oct. 29 and April 9 to contact the department at (701) 667-3330.

Story will be updated 

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