Woman dies from exposure after eviction from Hamilton home

2014-02-17T14:04:00Z 2014-02-17T23:30:36Z Woman dies from exposure after eviction from Hamilton homeBy DAVID ERICKSON Ravalli Republic The Billings Gazette
February 17, 2014 2:04 pm  • 

HAMILTON — The body of a 61-year-old Hamilton woman recently evicted from her home was found behind the Super One Foods grocery store in Hamilton at about noon Sunday, according to the Hamilton Police Department.

The woman, who had been reported missing on Feb. 11, appears to have died as a result of exposure.

There was nothing at the scene to suggest any criminal activity, Hamilton Police Chief Ryan Oster said Monday.

The woman’s body was discovered near some bushes to the west of the store by a man who had been walking in the area. Her name has not been released. The Ravalli County coroner has sent the body to the Montana State Crime Lab for an autopsy.

The woman had been living in Hamilton, Oster said, and had been evicted from her residence several days prior to being reported missing.

After she was reported missing, officers had made attempts to locate her, without success. She had been listed in the National Crime Information Center, which is only accessible to law enforcement officials, as a missing person.

Officers have spoken with an individual who had contact with the deceased woman on Feb. 8, but no further details of her whereabouts after that time have been released.

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