Suspicious death in Missoula prompts homicide investigation

Zoë Buchli

A homicide investigation is underway after a 21-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of killing an older woman over the weekend in Missoula, according to police. 

Around 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Missoula police went to the 500 block of South Avenue West after a man called 911 reporting his mother was unconscious in her house. 

“Officers responded and recognized suspicious circumstances regarding a 68-year-old female who was deceased inside of the home,” the press release stated. 

After detectives gathered initial information and interviews, the 21-year-old was arrested. He’s facing pending charges of deliberate homicide and tampering with physical evidence, both felonies. 

Crime scene investigators and police were still onsite at the house on Monday afternoon. 

As of Monday afternoon, the investigation was still ongoing and charges had not been officially filed yet.

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Zoë Buchli is the criminal justice reporter for the Missoulian.

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