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Man arrested in connection with Anaconda murder

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ANACONDA – A 64-year-old Anaconda woman was found murdered in her East Part Street home Tuesday and Butte police have the man suspected of that murder in custody.

Anaconda Police Chief Tim Barkell said police found Shelley Schafer dead from wounds to the head in her residence, a duplex at 709 E. Park Street about 1:50 p.m. Tuesday. On Wednesday, Butte police arrested Troy Johnson, 53, in connection with the Anaconda murder.

Investigators believe Schafer was hit with a blunt object at least two times in the head. The victim’s vehicle, credit cards, cash and some jewelry were missing. Johnson, who is from Billings, is believed to have been living in the duplex owned by the victim’s family without permission at the time of the murder, Barkell said.

Butte police were involved in a vehicle pursuit with Johnson about 3 a.m. Wednesday morning. During the pursuit, Johnson crashed the vehicle at Holmes Avenue and Hansen Road and ran away. Police captured him a few hours later and he remains in custody.

This is an on-going investigation and this story will be updated as new information becomes available.


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BUTTE - Butte police just announced at about 7:15 a.m. that Johnson had been apprehended.

No further details were immediately released.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.


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BUTTE -  Butte police are searching for a murder suspect.

Troy Johnson should be considered armed and dangerous.

According to a press release, Johnson is 52, 5'8" tall, 180 pounds with brown eyes.  He was wearing blue jeans and a grey shirt.

Johnson was involved in a vehicle pursuit with police at approximately 3 a.m. Wednesday. He rolled his vehicle near Holmes Avenue and Hansen Road.

No information was immediately released about the murder, including who was killed and when the crime occurred. 

According to Butte-Silver Bow Sheriff Ed Lester, it is possible that Johnson is currently clean shaven with short hair.  

If you have seen or know the whereabouts of Johnson, please call local law enforcement.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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