A body found buried in a shallow grave near Roundup is that of a missing Billings man, authorities say.
Tattoos and other characteristics on the body, discovered July 30 by a landowner, matched 33-year-old Rory Wanner, according to Billings Police Capt. Jeremy House.
Archaeologists from the University of Montana assisted as forensic specialists in the case, said Montana Department of Justice spokesman Eric Sell.
Wanner went missing June 28, and a homicide investigation has surrounded his disappearance. Court documents filed this week revealed that two men may have lured Wanner to a house, where he was beaten to death.
Two men have been charged with felony tampering with evidence, but no homicide charges have yet been filed in Wanner's death.
In a Yellowstone District Court affidavit detailing the tampering charges, a witness told investigators Wanner was lured to the Heights home on the pretext of a drug deal.
At the home, the witness said Wanner was beaten until he “was quivering a bit, like a seizure.” Soon after, people in the house realized Wanner “had stopped breathing” and his body was loaded into a truck, the witness said.
Wanner was a lifelong resident of Billings, a personal trainer and fitness fanatic.
“He had an amazing way of making sure others believed in themselves and knew their worth,” friends and family wrote on an online memorial fund for Wanner.
The fund, available at youcaring.com, had raised $1,775 as of Friday morning. A separate fund has been set up for Wanner at First Interstate Bank, where donations can be made in person or via mail at any location.
Money will be used for Wanner’s financial obligations, the fund says.