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MT: Teen's death while hunting remains open case

Teen's death while hunting remains open case

April 13, 2011

Investigators have announced little progress in the homicide investigation of a Malta teen found dead of a gunshot wound while hunting nearly six months ago.

Logan Wilson, 16, died Oct. 23 while hunting with two companions about 18 miles northwest of Malta. Authorities said Wilson died of a single gunshot wound to the neck, and they initially announced that his death appeared to be accidental.

Wilson had separated from the other hunters, who later found him dead and called for help at about 3:45 p.m.

About two weeks later, the Phillips County Sheriff’s Office said the death had been classified as a homicide pending further investigation.

Then-Sheriff Tom Miller said in published reports that the shooting made no sense as either an accident or suicide, and investigators had not determined whether the fatal gunshot came from the firearm Wilson was carrying.

At about that time, a team of investigators from several law enforcement agencies, including a pair of Billings police detectives, scoured the shooting scene for evidence. The Billings officers brought metal detectors to help search for shell casings and bullets.

Authorities have not said what, if anything, was found during the effort. But some evidence was sent to the Montana State Crime Lab for analysis.

The county’s new sheriff, Scott Moran, said this week that the investigation into Wilson’s death is ongoing. Investigators have yet to receive the results of the tests performed on items submitted to the crime lab, he said.

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