Standing Rock Supporter Drove from California; Body Found in Cannonball River

Damjan Nedelkovski

Published April 11, 2017

CANNONBALL, NORTH DAKOTA — Damjan Nedelkovski, 35, was one of thousands of people who came to lend support of water protectors at Standing Rock. Sadly, his body was discovered in the Cannonball River.

Nedelkovski’s body was recovered from the Cannonball River near one of the closed Standing Rock encampments late Sunday morning by a fisherman, who called 9-1-1. Local law enforcement was called to the scene and spent four hours there

Nedelkovski was born and Macedonia. Most recently, he was a resident of Glendale, California. A political science major, he graduated from UCLA.

Last year, Nedelkovski was a Bernie Sanders supporter who left an empty apartment in California, rented a car and drove to lends his support to the water protectors at Standing Rock.

His rental car was found and impounded at a now closed Oceti Sakowin campt on February 23, 2017. The rental car is now in the Minneapolis area and law enforcement have been asked to see if Nedelkovski left any personal belongings in it.

His last contact with his family was in late October, 2016. His stepbrother filed a missing person report with the Glendale Police Department on November 16, 2016.

Law enforcement say Nedelkovski was wearing a tee-shirt and blue jeans.

An autopsy was performed this morning, which showed there were no signs of trauma to the body to suspect any foul play. The cause of death is still pending, and authorities are unsure how long the body was in the river.

The Morton County Sheriff’s Department is asking anyone with any additional information regarding Nedelkovski’s whereabouts between October 29, 2016 and April 9, 2017 to contact the department at (701) 667- 3330.










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