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Body found at Big Arm State Park, information requested

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BIG ARM — As an unidentified person was walking a dog in the Big Arm State Park, they discovered a decomposing body along the path.   

Lake County Sheriff Don Bell said the person called Lake County 911 to report what they were seeing on Nov. 25 at about 4 p.m. 

“The caller reported discovering a human body,” Bell said. “Deputies responded and confirmed that the discovery was a decomposed and partially skeletonized female body.”

The location of the deceased person was determined to be within the park boundary, near U.S. Highway 93. 

Lake County detectives and the deputy coroner conducted an investigation at the scene with the assistance of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Police and Montana Highway Patrol.

The deceased person was transported to the Montana State Crime Lab for an autopsy, and efforts will be taken to identify the person. The Sheriff’s Office is working with CSKT law enforcement as the investigation continues.  

“If you have information regarding this investigation, please direct your correspondence to Lake County Sheriff’s Office Detective Devon McCrea,” Bell said. McCrea can be contacted by phone at 406-883-7324 or by email at 

Big Arm State Park is located on Flathead Lake, about 17 miles north of Poslon, and contains 217 acres with hiking trails, camping areas, and wilderness. 

Big Arm State Park is located within the boundaries of the Flathead Reservation.

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