- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 23, 2015

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - The latest developments in the investigation into a Missoula killing and related stabbing (all times local):

3:30 p.m.

The man arrested in connection with a homicide in Miles City earlier this month is one of the suspects in a stabbing and a homicide early this week in Missoula.

Missoula County Attorney Kirsten Pabst says 37-year-old Scott Austin Price of Billings and 32-year-old Sarah Rae McKnight of Trout Creek are persons of interest in Monday’s attacks. They were arrested Tuesday in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, as fugitives from justice.

Police in Miles City have said Price is a suspect in the Dec. 14 death of 78-year-old Ed Martin, whose body was found in his camper. A warrant was issued last Friday charging him with aggravated kidnapping and aggravated assault for an attack on Helen Martin on the same day. No charges have been filed in Martin’s death.

Pabst says she may have an announcement regarding charges in the Missoula cases as early as Thursday morning.

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3 p.m.

Police have determined that probable cause exists to charge two suspects in connection with a stabbing and a homicide in Missoula on Monday.

The department referred the case to the Missoula County attorney on Wednesday, but did not release the suspects’ names.

Officers have said two “persons of interest” in the death of 56-year-old Lonette Keehner at a Missoula motel and the stabbing of another woman in a nearby grocery store parking lot were arrested Tuesday in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

Missoula County Attorney Kirsten Pabst is reviewing the investigation and says she may have an announcement regarding charges as early as Thursday morning.

Meanwhile, KECI-TV reports officers using metal detectors found a knife in the snow in front of a Missoula residence on Wednesday. It was being taken to the state crime lab for testing.

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Two people have been arrested in Idaho as police in Missoula investigate a stabbing in a grocery store parking lot and a homicide at a nearby motel.

Missoula police say the two “persons of interest” were arrested Tuesday afternoon - one for violation of pretrial supervision and the other for a conditional release violation. They were jailed in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

Detective Capt. Michael Colyer with the Missoula Police Department did not release their names.

Also Tuesday, the Missoula County coroner’s office identified the motel victim as 56-year-old Lonette Keehner of Missoula. Her cause of death has not yet been released, but police have said a knife was involved.

The stabbing at the grocery store was reported just before noon Monday. Keehner’s body was found about 45 minutes later.


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