Coroner names man killed at assisted-living facility; searches for family

2014-03-22T06:59:00Z 2014-03-24T00:27:04Z Coroner names man killed at assisted-living facility; searches for familyBy ANGELA BRANDT Montana Standard The Billings Gazette
March 22, 2014 6:59 am  • 

BUTTE — Authorities named Jerry Diltz as the elderly man whose throat was slit at an assisted living facility in Butte on Wednesday.

County coroner Lee LaBreche said Friday his office is still looking for loved ones of 72-year-old Diltz.

“We’re under the impression he has no immediate family,” LaBreche said. “We’re hoping at this point for someone to say something different.”

LaBreche urged anyone who might help find relatives to call 406-490-8023.

It is believed Diltz was not originally from Butte, but LaBreche was unsure how long he had been living here. If no family is found, the body and estate will be turned over to the public administrator.

Diltz died at the senior living complex, at which he had a residence, early Wednesday. Police say his attacker, John Edward Grubbs Sr., slashed his throat with a large butcher knife. Witnesses said the two had been drinking and ended up arguing over money at about 2 a.m.

Grubbs is in jail on $250,000 bond on a charge of deliberate homicide.

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