Sheriff's Office Responds To Fort Peck Drowning
Benefit Account Set Up For Family
July 12, 2023
On July 6, at 8:40 a.m., the Valley County Sheriff’s Office responded to the cabin area of Fort Peck Lake for an unresponsive two-year old, later identified as Cullen Meland, found in the water.
Meland, son of Braden and Bethany Meland, of Billings, was staying with relatives in the area when the accident occurred. The Office of the Sheriff/Coroner will conduct a cause and manner of death investigation, which as of press time was still ongoing.
In addition to Cullen, Braden and Bethany are parents to a newborn daughter, Macie, who is currently in the Denver, Colo., neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and is expected to need long-term care.
A benefit account for the Melands has been established at Opportunity Bank of Montana. Checks may be made payment to Braden or Bethany Meland and taken to any of the 32 Opportunity Bank of Montana locations or may be mailed to:
Opportunity Bank of Montana
P.O. Box 191
Glasgow MT 59230
Valley County Sheriff Tom Boyer and the whole Sheriff’s Office family extend their deepest condolences to the family and friends of the Meland family.