- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 12, 2016

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - Police in Great Falls are investigating the suspicious death of a 60-year-old man while the transient who reported the death is charged with tampering with evidence.

Brett McDermott is not charged with the death of Bradley Albert Boland. Court records say McDermott walked over to a Great Falls elementary school last Friday and reported that another man had been beaten and that he could not feel a pulse.

Officers detained McDermott and taped paper bags over his hands to preserve any potential evidence. Charging documents say McDermott asked for an attorney and when detectives left the interview room, McDermott started scraping under his fingernails. The room was under video surveillance.

District Judge Dirk Sandefur set McDermott’s bail at $10,000 on Monday. Public defender Mark Frisbie said McDermott’s mental health will be an issue in the case.

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