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Seven investigators, including state officials and a pair of Billings Police detectives, spent Thursday looking into last week's death of a teenage hunter from Malta in northern Montana.

Logan Wilson, 16, died on Oct. 23 while hunting north of Wagner. Initial reports from investigators said Wilson was separated from a pair of hunting companions. When the companions found Wilson, they discovered he'd been shot.

On Thursday, three Phillips County Sheriff's deputies, two Montana Division of Criminal Investigation agents and two Billings Police detectives were back at the scene investigating Wilson's death as a possible homicide.

However, law enforcement officials gave conflicting reports as to whether the death was a homicide. A press release from the Phillips County Sheriff's Office said Wilson's death certificate “has been filed as a homicide” pending investigation results. Montana Department of Justice spokeswoman Judy Beck said it is too early in the investigation to determine if it's a homicide.

Investigators received a search warrant for the scene on Wednesday.

The two Billings detectives were brought in to provide high-end metal detectors in the search for shell casings and ammunition from the scene.

At least one of the witnesses in the death has been interviewed, the press release said, and investigators hope to speak with the rest soon.

Investigators have already submitted some evidence to the state crime lab in Missoula and hope to send more by next week.

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Phillips County Sheriff Tom Miller could not be reached for comment.

The investigation is ongoing.

Contact Zach Benoit at zbenoit@billingsgazette.com or 657-1357.

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Contact Zach Benoit at zbenoit@billingsgazette.com or (406) 657-1357.

 

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