Investigation launched into death at campground

BUTTE, Mont. — Beaverhead County authorities are searching for two people after a weekend homicide at a campground in southwestern Montana.

A camper found a man’s body in some willow trees Saturday at the Bryant Creek Campground near Wise River, Sheriff Jay Hansen said Monday.

Officers determined a fight had taken place near the campground. The county called in the state Division of Criminal Investigation due to the large crime scene and unpredictable weather.

The body of the man, who was in his early 60s, was taken to the state crime lab in Missoula and an autopsy was completed Monday. Not all of his family members have been notified, and Hansen did not release his name or say how he died.

Investigators have identified two persons of interest but have not released their names or descriptions. Officers are looking for a 1983 cream-colored Establishment motorhome with either Montana license plate 127766A or Washington state license plate 861XVT. They also are looking for a white 1997 Ford Explorer with Washington state license plate 201ZRN.

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