Body discovered at state park near Big Arm

by Lake County Leader
| November 30, 2020 10:05 AM

A person walking a dog at Big Arm/Flathead Lake State Park on Wednesday, Nov. 25 discovered the body of a deceased female, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office announced Thanksgiving Day.

The discovery was made around 4 p.m. within the park boundary along U.S. Highway 93 near the lake's southeast shore. Lake County 911 received a report, and deputies responded and confirmed that the discovery was a decomposed and partially skeletonized female body.

An initial scene investigation was conducted by Lake County detectives and deputy coroners, with the assistance of Flathead Tribal Police and Montana Highway Patrol.

The remains were transported to the Montana State Crime Lab for autopsy and identification efforts, according to the sheriff’s office.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is urged to contact Lake County Det. Devon McCrea at 406-883-7324 or mccrea@lakemt.gov. The Sheriff’s Office will work in conjunction with the Flathead Tribal Police on the investigation.

A Sheriff's Office representative said Monday that the office would not release any additional information until hearing back from the Montana State Crime Lab, which could take several weeks to conclude testing.