Former county resident killed in Montana; body was decapitated

Nov 24, 2017 By Kelli Ameling, Staff Wrier

Police in Billings, Montana, are investigating the death of a former Fremont County man whos body was found decapitated.

In an initial report on the case, Billings Police Department Lt. Neil Lawrence stated officers were processing a scene where a body had been located at 5:06 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, at South 32nd West and Gabel Road.

At first, he only identified the victim as a male, but later released his name as Myron Knight, 41, of Billings. Knight is a former resident of both Lander and Fort Washakie.

"An autopsy will be scheduled, and those results will be used to assist detectives with the investigation," Lawrence said in the police statement.

In a second release, when naming Knight, Lawrence referred to the case as a homicide investigation.

"The Billings Police Department is offering a $1,000 reward for information on the death of Myron Wesley Knight," Lawrence stated in a third press release Nov. 20.

He encouraged anyone with information to contact the BPD Detective Division at 406-657-8473 or Crime Stoppers at 406-245-6660 with "information about this homicide."

Lawrence said he could not yet release any additional information regarding the case such as time of death, how Knight was found or if Knight had been reported missing.

The Lander Police Department did not have any additional information and so far is not involved in the investigation.

In Montana, the Billings Gazette reported speaking to Yellowstone County deputy coroner Cliff Mahoney, who confirmed Knight was decapitated and suffered multiple blunt-force traumas, "indicating he'd been beaten."

"Mahoney said he could not provide an estimate on when the man died or any additional details about his death," the Billings report continued. Autopsy results will not be available until December.

Two people walking on a dirt trail near a canal west of a business found the body, which had been partially buried in debris near an area frequented by transients.

The witnesses said the body was headless and wrapped in carpet. Other reports described the material as a blanket.

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