Beaverhead County authorities are searching for two persons of interest in a weekend homicide at a campground in southwestern Montana.
Sheriff Jay Hansen says the body of a man in his early 60s was found in some willow trees near the Bryant Creek Campground at mid-day Saturday.
Officers determined a fight had taken place near the campground. The county called in the state Division of Criminal Investigation due to the large crime area and unpredictable weather.
The man's body was taken to the state crime lab in Missoula and an autopsy was completed Monday.
Investigators have identified two persons of interest, but have not released their names. Officers are looking for a 1983 cream-colored Establishment Motorhome with either a Montana or Washington state license plate and a white 1997 Ford Explorer with Washington state license plate 201ZRN.
This is the press release was sent out by Beaverhead County Sheriff's Office:
On August 9, 2014, at 12:36 p.m., Beaverhead County 911 received a call from the Wise River Club in Wise River, Montana from a male adult stating he and his cousin had located a deceased adult in the camp area known as Bryant Creek Campground in Beaverhead County. Sheriff personnel responded to the campground and arrived around 2 p.m.
The deceased adult male appeared to be approximately 60-65 years of age and was located in the willows adjacent to the camp area. The identification of the deceased was not known at that time. Beaverhead County Coroner Ron Briggs arrived shortly after law enforcement completed an initial investigation and immediately transported the deceased to the Montana State Crime Lab for an autopsy. The autopsy was completed on Monday, August 11, and relatives of the deceased have not been notified.
Initial investigation indicated an altercation had taken place in and around a non-designated campground. Further investigation indicated multiple campers were involved with a large amount of camping equipment stacked aside. Due to the large crime area and unpredictable weather, authorities requested the assistance of the Montana Division of Criminal Investigation. Agents arrived on scene later in the afternoon.
County and State personnel worked through the afternoon and into the next morning and by then investigators had identified two persons of interest. Further inquiry resulted in the descriptions of motor vehicles possibly involved in the incident. Investigators working on the case are interested in the vehicles described as:
- 1983 Establishment Motorhome (Ford chassis), Creme in color, MT Plate/127766A or WA/861XVT.
- 1997, Ford Explorer, White in color, WA Plate/201ZRN
Should the public have any information related to this incident, please contact your local law enforcement agency.