Details emerge in Flathead County murder case - KPAX.com | Continuous News | Missoula & Western Montana

Details emerge in Flathead County murder case

Posted: Updated:
Cecil Thomas Rice (L) and Heather Joy Meeker (R) Cecil Thomas Rice (L) and Heather Joy Meeker (R)

Investigators say they believe a Flathead County murder that took place last week was committed because of an inappropriate comment made about the suspect's girlfriend.

Cecil Thomas Rice, 26, is accused of pushing Anthony Andrew Walthers, 34, to his death late last week near Evergreen. Walthers' body has not been recovered.

Rice has been charged with deliberate homicide, while his girlfriend, Heather Joy Meeker, 25, is charged with felony tampering with evidence.

Court documents reveal details surrounding what exactly happened on the evening of April 26. 

Law enforcement responded to Holt Stage Road after receiving reports that a man had fallen into the river. Numerous witnesses saw Walthers struggling in the river screaming for help.

In follow-up interviews, Meeker confirmed to detectives that Rice had pushed Walthers off the bridge. Meeker told detectives Rice was upset over an inappropriate comment Walthers made about her earlier in the day.

The Flathead County Sheriff's Office said last week Meeker would be charged with accountability to deliberate homicide, but as of Monday, she has only been charged with tampering with evidence. She's accused of throwing Walthers’ backpack out the window of a van.

The FCSO said last week they were seeking a second man that may have been involved in the crime, but they now say that man is no longer a suspect.

Both defendants are expected to appear for their arraignments in Flathead County District Court on May 25.

A Gofundme account has been set up to help the victim's family.

Top Trending Videos

Powered by Frankly

© KPAX.com 2018, KPAX.com
All rights reserved
Privacy Policy, | Terms of Service, and Ad Choices

Can't find something?