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Billings police have identified the man who was found decapitated on Wednesday near 32nd Street West and Gabel Road as Myron Wesley Knight, 41, of Billings.

The identification came in a Monday morning press release from Lt. Neil Lawrence of the Billings Police Department.

Deputy Coroner Cliff Mahoney confirmed Monday that the body was decapitated, and that Knight had suffered multiple blunt force traumas, indicating he’d been beaten.

Mahoney said he could not provide an estimate on when the man died or any additional details about his death. Autopsy results won’t be available for a week or two, he said.

BPD is investigating the case as a homicide.

Police began investigating Wednesday night after two people walking on a dirt trail near the canal west of Billings Collision Repair found a body covered with debris and possibly a blanket near an abandoned transient camp, BPD Capt. Jeremy House said.

A Thursday press release, written by BPD Lt. Neil Lawrence, states that the body was found at around 5:06 p.m.

The body was initially reported to be headless and wrapped in carpet. House said Wednesday night he had not gotten close enough to the body to confirm that information. The body did appear to be partially covered in debris, including leaves and what might have been a blanket, House said.

Police are offering a $1,000 reward for information on Knight's killing. To provide information, contact the Billings Police Department Detective Division at 657-8473 or Crime Stoppers at 245-6660 with information about the homicide.


Justice Reporter

Justice reporter for the Billings Gazette.