A Montana man missing since late January 2018 has been found dead at an old mine near Butte in Silver Bow County. Frank Piazzola, who was last seen on 28 January, was found dead at the foot of the gallows head frame (structure above a mineshaft that supports a lift hoist) at the Anselmo Mine Yard. The investigating coroner believes he fell to his death, and plans to carry out toxicology tests on his body.
The gallows frame head at the Anselmo Mine Yard in Silver Bow County, Montana. Travel Montana/Montana Photo Gallary/State of Montana.
The Anselmo Mine Yard was an active mine between 1887 and 1959, producing lead, zinc, copper and silver, and reaching a depth of 1310 m. It is now opperated by Silver Bow County as an industrial museum, and is a popular tourist attraction. However it is only open between April and October, which is presumably how Mr Piazzola's body was able to remain undiscovered for almost three weeks.
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