Along with the well-publicized mountains of garbage, anti-pipeline “environmental” protesters also left behind a dead body when they vacated a site near the Cannonball River in North Dakota.
A local fisherman found the body of an anti-Dakota Access Pipeline protester floating in a river near the campsite used by protesters. Police identified the body as that of Damjan Nedelkovski, a California man who was reported missing by his family in October.
The body was identified by an ID card found on his body issued by the Republic of Macedonia, a Morton County Sheriff Department statement revealed.
“Family and friends report that their last contact with Nedelkovski was on October 29, 2016,” the statement explained. “His stepbrother filed a missing person report with the Glendale Police Department on November 16, 2016. Nedelkovski was known to be at the protest camps.”
An autopsy did little to answer the nagging questions of how the protester ended up in the Cannonball River. There was no apparent trauma to the body, and officials were not even sure how long the body had been in the cold waters.
After they were dispossessed from their camp, authorities reported that the protesters claiming to represent the environment left behind 800 garbage dumpsters full of trash. They even left disabled vehicles and other toxic waste.
Officials estimated that the price of cleaning up the protesters’ mess would cost the taxpayers one million dollars.
Police are asking anyone with any information regarding Nedelkovski’s whereabouts between October 29 and April 9 or his death to contact the department at (701) 667-3330.
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