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Authorities identify deceased person found at Big Arm State Park

by Lake County Leader
| May 5, 2021 9:35 AM

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday that a woman found dead at Big Arm State Park in November is Miranda Rose Kenmille, 37, of Elmo. She was last seen in August in Elmo and was reported missing in September, according to Sheriff Don Bell.

Investigators initially suspected the remains were those of Kenmille, according to a statement from Sheriff Bell released Wednesday. They waited for confirmation from the Montana State Crime Lab in Missoula before publicly connecting her name to the case. The crime lab was able to determine via DNA that the remains are those of Kenmille.

A person walking a dog at Big Arm/Flathead Lake State Park on Nov. 25 discovered the body of a deceased female. 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.

The circumstances of Kenmille’s death remain under investigation by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and they are asking for the public’s help in this matter. Inquiries or information regarding this investigation should be directed to Det. Dan Yonkin at dyonkin@lakemt.gov.