Anaconda courthouse

The Anaconda-Deer Lodge County Courthouse, 800 Main St., is pictured.

 

Annie Pentilla, Montana Standard

BUTTE — Anaconda Police Chief Tim Barkell said Thursday that police have identified the body of a victim found yesterday in the Hearthstone Apartments as tenant Victoria Lynn Smith, age 49.

Barkell said Smith was stabbed fatally in the neck, and they are investigating the death as a homicide. The body has been sent to the state crime lab.

Police are still reviewing video surveillance footage and interviewing neighbors and relatives, but have arrested Smith's ex-boyfriend, 35-year-old David Richmond, who Barkell said was the last person to leave Smith's apartment.

Barkell said Richmond is not speaking with police. Richmond was arrested on November 6 for vehicle theft, disorderly conduct and partner family member assault. Barkell said Smith was not the victim of that assault.

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