- Associated Press - Friday, May 26, 2017

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) - A 25-year-old northwestern Montana woman has denied tampering with evidence in a homicide case.

Heather Joy Meeker of the Kalispell area pleaded not guilty in District Court on Thursday.

She was arrested after 34-year-old Anthony Walthers was thrown off a bridge and into the Flathead River on April 26. His body has not been found.

Prosecutors say she threw a backpack she believed belonged to Walthers from a moving vehicle as she and three others they left the bridge east of Kalispell.

Cecil Thomas Rice is charged with deliberate homicide in Walthers’ death. His District Court arraignment was continued. Investigators said Rice was angry because he felt Walthers had made an inappropriate remark about Meeker, who is his girlfriend.

Authorities have described all of those involved as transients who were living in the Kalispell area.

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