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2 arrested, victim identified in Evergreen murder

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Cecil Thomas Rice (L) and Heather Joy Meeker (R) Cecil Thomas Rice (L) and Heather Joy Meeker (R)
The incident happened Wednesday evening on the Old Steel Bridge over the Flathead River. (MTN News photo) The incident happened Wednesday evening on the Old Steel Bridge over the Flathead River. (MTN News photo)
A man was reported in the Flathead River near the Old Steel Bridge on Wednesday evening. (MTN News photo) A man was reported in the Flathead River near the Old Steel Bridge on Wednesday evening. (MTN News photo)
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The investigation into Wednesday night's murder in Evergreen continues and now two people are behind bars.

Flathead County Chuck Curry says that Cecil Thomas Rice, 26, and Heather Joy Meeker, 25 -- who are both described as transients -- are facing homicide charges in the case.

Rice has been charged with Deliberate Homicide and Tampering with Evidence while Meeker is accused of Accountability to Deliberate Homicide and Tampering with Evidence.

Sheriff Curry has also identified the victim, but his name is being withheld pending further investigation and notification of next of kin. His body has not been recovered. 

Deputies from the Sheriff’s Office, assisted by Flathead Search and Rescue continue to search the Flathead River with Sheriff Curry saying the efforts will continue throughout the weekend. 

Sheriff Curry says the details of this homicide remain under investigation, and further interviews and investigation are ongoing in the case.

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