Flathead-area homicide suspect caught

Zoe Buchli

Lake County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a man suspected of murdering a woman on Friday, three days after the victim’s body was found near Polson. 

Tyler Uhrich, 20, was taken into custody at 6 p.m. Friday near Pablo, according to a Lake County Sheriff’s release. Flathead Lake-area law enforcement officers had been searching for him after Rozlyn Bluemel, 22, was found dead in a tribal wilderness area on the east shore of Flathead Lake by Polson. 

On Tuesday, Lake County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a domestic disturbance around 9:30 p.m., according to Lake County Sheriff Don Bell.

Witnesses said a man and woman, identified as Uhrich and Bluemel, were arguing and a gunshot was heard. Two Bear Air’s helicopter assisted in search efforts but couldn’t find the two, Bell said. The search spanned all Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning. 

A child shared by the couple was found in a car near where the disturbance was reported. Both Uhrich and Bluemel are Polson residents. 

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