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Investigation into Missoula Co. body discoveries continues

Posted at 7:13 PM, Aug 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-26 21:26:35-04

MISSOULA — Missoula County investigators are working diligently to identify a pair of bodies that were found over the weekend -- as well as determine how they died.

While no cause of death has been determined for the two bodies, Missoula County Undersheriff Rich Marcelli did tell MTN News that there is no connection between the two deaths.

Missoula Police received a call at 9 a.m. on Saturday about a possible human body being found halfway submerged in a ditch off of Catlin and 4th Street.

The caller was alerted to the body by the foul odor it was causing and they were unsure if it was even a body at the time of the call.

When police arrived on the scene they requested the assistance of Missoula County Search and Rescue to retrieve the body and they are currently investigating the matter although they have confirmed that the body was a male.

Later on Saturday, Missoula County Sheriff's deputies received a call for the discovery of a human body in Frenchtown area at the old Smurfit Stone site.

Undersheriff Marcelli told MTN News that the body had been there for some time and had decomposed in the elements making it difficult to identify.

The Sheriff's Office also says that the only commonality between the two bodies is that they were both discovered on the same weekend.

Undersheriff Marcelli says they are working on a timeline for the Frenchtown death to determine how long the body was at the Smurfit Stone site.