Officials release name of victim in first Golden Valley County homicide since the ’60s

Paul Hamby

The Golden Valley County man killed earlier this month at his rural home has been identified.

Dennis Murnion was found dead May 15 by county deputies at a residence on Hedgesville Road, about 14 miles north of Shawmut. The Golden Valley County Sheriff’s Office could not specify how the 66-year-old died, but Undersheriff Mark Olson said Tuesday his death has been ruled a homicide.

Murnion’s death was the first homicide investigated by GVSCO since the Kennedy Administration, Olson said. Two people are currently in custody as suspects in the homicide, but no criminal charges have been filed.

GVSCO deputies were dispatched to Hedgesville Road to conduct a welfare check May 15, the Gazette previously reported. After finding the body of Murnion, GVSCO launched a search that included members of the Montana Division of Criminal Investigation and Wheatland County Sheriff’s Office. Members of the Casper Police Department in Wyoming arrested the two suspects May 16, Olson said.

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