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Details emerge in brutal Missoula double homicide

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MISSOULA - New details emerge through court documents into the brutal murder of two people found dead at a residence on Strand Ave. in Missoula last week. 

On Thursday, two individuals were taken into custody in connection with a double murder. They are identified as 23-year-old Tiffanie Pierce and 26-year-old Augustus Standingrock. The victim's identities have still not been released. 

Prosecutors say in court documents that on August 17th, a confidential informant reported that a friend of his who was roommates with Pierce came to his home in the middle of the night because she told him that she and Standing-Rock had "stabbed someone".

The roommate said he was at first awakened by a woman screaming. He went into the kitchen and saw blood, and reported that the couple had been in the bathroom washing blood of themselves before Pierce told him what happened. Pierce told him that there was a dead woman's body in the basement. 

After learning this the roommate left the house. 

Pierce came to the roommate's work later telling him that she and Standingrock brought a couple of people over, took them into the basement and attacked one. When the other tried to get away they stabbed them also, killing them both.

After the report, police obtained a search warrant for a home in the 1900 block of Strand Ave.

They arrived to find Pierce and Standingrock at the home. Standingrock had a bloody cloth around his hand and was at first holding a gun, before complying with police. The two were taken into custody without incident. 

Police found the handgun in the home, along with two bodies in the basement- one man and one woman. 

The bodies had been placed into plastic tubs filled with chemicals. Investigators also located knives and an ax covered in blood and apparent human tissue. 

The initial investigation indicates that the two died from stab wounds. They also found out that Pierce had recently purchased cleaning agents, plastic tubs, and chemicals used in the tubs where the bodies were found. 

The investigation is ongoing as police were on the property throughout the weekend. 

Both defendants are expected to make their initial appearance in Missoula County Justice Court Monday afternoon. 

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