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Missoula PD seeking community help with homicide investigation

Missoula Homicide Nov. 20, 2020
Posted at 2:42 PM, Nov 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-23 20:19:30-05

MISSOULA — The Missoula Police Department is continuing to investigate a homicide that occurred on Friday and could use the community's help in identifying a suspect and possible witnesses.

MPD stated in a news release that they received the report of a dead body found near the north river trail, west of the Orange Street Bridge.

They determined the death to be a homicide later that day after witness interviews lead investigators to believe a possible suspect was pushing the victim in a wheelchair.

A witness said they could hear shouts of “no” while witnessing the event.

Missoula Police Department spokesman Sgt. Travis Welsh says they are looking for a male who at the time was described as wearing a red jacket or hoodie and dark pants.

Sgt. Welsh also says they hope that any businesses in the area will check any video footage they might have captured that night to help identify the subject.

"Investigators are asking for businesses and property owners along the West Broadway, West Front Street corridor there adjacent to the river who are east of St. Patrick Hospital to check your video surveillance," Welsh said.

"See if you have observed anyone matching potential suspect descriptions on that video between the hours of 10:30 am Friday and 12:30 p.m. Friday afternoon," he added.

Sgt. Welsh says they are also searching for other potential witnesses in the matter. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Missoula Police Detective Guy Baker at (406) 552-6284.