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Young ND family on road trip dies in Thanksgiving crash

They weren't found until Friday evening.

A North Dakota family of four who disappeared on a Thanksgiving road trip have been confirmed dead, after their wrecked car was discovered in Montana over the holiday weekend.

The victims have been identified as parents Anthony and Chelsi Dean,  and their daughters Kaytlin and Avri, 5 years old and 20 months old, respectively.

Both Anthony and Chelsi were 25 years old.

On Thanksgiving Day, their Toyota 4Runner somehow went off the interstate near Huntley, Montana, and subsequently went airborne off an embankment, flying into a concrete bridge pillar, KVRR reports. 

The station says the vehicle came to rest in a creek below and was ultimately found the next day at 8 p.m., after authorities pinged their cellphones.

The Dean family had visited relatives in Caldwell, Idaho, and were on their way to Ekalaka, Montana, the Seattle Times notes.

The paper says they were last heard from at 6:30 a.m. on Thursday. 

The Deans were from the Grand Forks area. 

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