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Charges expected in connection with Missoula murder & stabbing, knife found

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Officers found a knife in the snow along Stephens Avenue this morning. (MTN News photo) Officers found a knife in the snow along Stephens Avenue this morning. (MTN News photo)
Stephens Avenue was shut down to one lane briefly around mid-day while police searched for evidence. (MTN News photo) Stephens Avenue was shut down to one lane briefly around mid-day while police searched for evidence. (MTN News photo)
Scott Price (Kootenai County jail) Scott Price (Kootenai County jail)
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Police believe they may have found critical evidence in a stabbing that happened in Missoula earlier this week.

Officers found a knife in the snow along Stephens Avenue this morning, a knife that could be a key finding in what appears to be a cross-state crime spree. 

Investigators can't say for certain that the knife is linked to Monday's stabbing attack on a woman outside a Missoula grocery store, or the murder of a woman whose body was found across the street in a local motel. 

Stephens Avenue was shut down to one lane briefly around mid-day while police shoveled snow, boxing up the knife for crime lab analysis and searching for more possible evidence. 

The knife was found in the front yard of a home near Mount Avenue. 

One of the residents there is Sam Catlin, who said he was surprised to find police outside.

"This morning we woke up and we noticed that the whole road, up and down, was just completely blocked off," Catlin said. "There were police all the way up and down the sidewalk with shovels kind of looking around. We didn't know what was going on. We noticed that they had the whole thing narrowed down to just our front yard, and there was tape all the way around. And then, yeah, I basically came out to get the news that they found a piece of evidence in our front yard, apparently." 

Catlin said he suspects the knife was thrown down at night. He lives with five other people and four dogs, and says someone would have noticed if it happened during the day. 

The discovery of the knife comes after 24 hours of breakthroughs in the Missoula attacks, which U.S. Marshals have said may also be tied to a murder and assault in Miles City last week.  

And now, authorities are preparing possible charges against a man and woman who were on the run and caught in Coeur d'Alene Monday afternoon. 

Missoula Police said Tuesday that two suspects were apprehended in connection with Monday's attacks on Brooks Street. One woman was sent to the hospital after she was stabbed repeatedly while loading groceries in her car.

The body of 56-year old Lonette Keehner was also found across the street in a motel room.

U.S. Marshals, with the help of Coeur d'Alene Police and other agencies arrested two "persons of interest" Tuesday afternoon in Idaho. 

On Tuesday evening Miles City Police announced the arrest of 37-year-old Scott Austin Price who was wanted for aggravated assault and kidnapping for the death of Ed Martin and the beating of his wife at their home last week.

Price is being held in the Kootenai County jail on fugitive from justice charges.

A second person, Sarah Rae McKnight, was arrested at the same address as Price on Tuesday with the jail roster showing that she is also being held on fugitive from justice charges. 

Missoula Police tell us the investigation has been referred to Missoula County Kirsten Pabst for review. They say her office may make an announcement regarding possible charges against the pair sometime tomorrow.

We're still waiting to hear about proceedings for the Miles City murder and assault.


The Missoula Police Department announced Wednesday that they expect to bring charges against two "persons of interest" being held in custody in Coeur d'Alene related to a murder and separate stabbing in Missoula on Monday. 

There are also indications that one of those suspects may be responsible for the murder of an elderly Miles City man and the severe beating of his wife a week ago. 

Police said the case has been referred to the Missoula County Attorney’s Office, and that County Attorney Kirsten Pabst is reviewing the investigation. They say her office may make an announcement regarding possible charges against the two sometime tomorrow.

The MPD also believes they may have found crucial evidence in connection with Monday's incidents. Sgt. Jim Klawitter said that investigators found a knife in the front yard of a home on Stephens Avenue near Mount Avenue.

The knife was found in the snow.

Officers briefly shut down one lane of Stephens while they searched for more evidence.

Officers say the knife will be taken back to the Montana Crime Lab for testing. 

Missoula Police said on Tuesday that two suspects were apprehended in connection with Monday's attacks on Brooks Street. Authorities in Miles City announced late Tuesday the arrest of 37-year-old Scott Austin Price, who may be connected to the Missoula incidents.

Price was arrested at around 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday in Coeur d'Alene and is being held in the Kootenai County jail on fugitive from justice charges, according to the jail roster.

A second person, Sarah Rae McKnight, was arrested at the same address as Price on Tuesday, with the jail roster showing that she is also being held on fugitive from justice charges. 

The MPD says the suspects are awaiting transport back to Missoula to face possible charges connected to the murders.

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