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Body investigation

On Thursday morning, Billings Police Department detectives investigate the scene where a body was found off of South 32nd Street West.

A body found Wednesday evening on private property on the West End in Billings has been identified as a man, according to the Billings Police Department.

No person of interest had been identified by early Thursday night, BPD Capt. Jeremy House said.

The man's death is being investigated by BPD detectives as a homicide. 

Speaking shortly before 4 p.m., Yellowstone County Deputy Coroner Cliff Mahoney said he had just recovered the body and that an autopsy is scheduled to begin Friday.

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, House said. 

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Body investigation

On Thursday morning, Billings Police Department detectives investigate the scene where a body was found off of South 32nd Street West.

A Thursday press release, written by BPD Lt. Neil Lawrence, states that the body was found at around 5:06 p.m. and lists the general area as South 32nd Street West and Gabel Road. 

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.

Details about the body's condition upon discovery might not be released until after an autopsy and investigation have concluded, House said Wednesday night.

On Thursday House declined to comment on the condition of the body. Detectives were expected to finish processing the scene Thursday night, House said. 

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Night Reporter

General assignment reporter for The Billings Gazette.