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KALISPELL (AP) – Authorities charged two Kalispell residents Monday in the death of a man whose burned body was found buried in a campground near Polebridge.

Brian Holliday, 19, faces charges of murder, theft, tampering with evidence and deceptive practices, all felonies. Michelle Ford, 22, is charged with conspiracy to commit murder, theft, tampering with evidence and conspiracy to commit deceptive practices.

Investigators believe the two are responsible for the death of 36-year-old Randall Bravo of Albuquerque, N.M. A body believed to be Bravo’s was found Thursday in a shallow grave at a remote Forest Service campground near Red Meadow Lake, about 20 miles west of Polebridge.

Authorities are awaiting results of forensic tests to positively identify the victim.

In a court affidavit Monday, Flathead County Attorney Tom Esch said Holliday admitted to investigators that he shot Bravo and that he and Ford disposed of the body, stole Bravo’s truck and used his credit cards.

“He and Ford had discussed the need to kill somebody who did not have ties to this area,” Esch wrote.

Holliday and Ford were arrested in Sanders County last week on unrelated charges.

Holliday made an initial court appearance Monday in Kalispell and is being held on $500,000 bail. He is to be arraigned Aug. 7.

Esch said Ford is still being held in Sanders County and will make her first court appearance later.

Authorities said Bravo had been living in Albuquerque, but planned to attend graduate school in Colorado after vacationing in Yellowstone and Glacier national parks. He was last heard from on June 27 when he called a friend in Albuquerque.

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