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
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
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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