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The homicide investigation into the death of a Billings man whose body was found in some underbrush at Coulson Park last month is ongoing, but few new details have been released.

Sheriff Mike Linder previously identified the man, whose body had apparently been in the park for months, as 47-year-old Jack Jason Cox.

The cause of death remains undetermined, but evidence has been sent to Montana Crime Lab, the sheriff said Monday, adding that Cox did have a place to live in Billings.

“We’re talking to people that last saw him and we’re trying to put together a timeline,” he said.

Two men spotted the body in some underbrush at about 6 p.m. on May 21, according to the sheriff's office.

The body was so decomposed that identifying features such as gender were not immediately apparent, but an autopsy revealed the body to be male, according to investigators. The body still had remnants of clothing and other items that helped in the identification process.

Linder said Monday that it was still unclear exactly how long Cox’s body had been in the park.

Citing the ongoing nature of the investigation, Linder declined to release any additional information, other than to say there is no indication that this case is related to any other bodies that have been found in Billings in recent months.

Still no ID on body found in January

The sheriff said Monday the identity of a man found Jan. 14 in an irrigation ditch near Interstate 90 remains under investigation. 

Investigators estimated the man died in mid-October. According to a coroner's report, the man died from drowning. No foul play is suspected. 

The man was possibly white or Native American, in his mid 20s to late 40s, about 5-feet, 9-inches tall and weighed about 165 pounds.

He had the big toe on his left foot and all the toes on his right foot surgically removed, the sheriff said in a previous interview.

The unidentified man was dressed in dark clothing with a black leather belt and was wearing black work boots and had a Timex watch with a broken metal band.

Anyone with information on the man’s identity is asked to call the Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Office, 256-2929.

No new info on man missing since October

Billings police are still seeking information about Robert Garrett Stewart Jr., who was last seen on Oct. 4 on the South Side.

Billings Police Lt. Kevin Iffland said Monday that no new information has surfaced in the case. 

Stewart, who was 25 years old when he went missing, may have been disoriented in the early hours of Oct. 4. The weather that day was rainy and snowy. His family reported him missing Oct. 10. He is described as a Native American, 130-150 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information about Stewart can contact Crimestoppers at 245-6660.



City news reporter for the Billings Gazette