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Evidence in East Helena death investigation suggests no criminal activity

Posted at 3:59 PM, Mar 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-14 23:18:34-04

(UPDATE, 7:45 p.m.) Lewis and Clark County Undersheriff Jason Grimmis said Thursday that authorities have found no evidence of a violent attack, as they investigate the death of an adult man at a residence in East Helena.

“Evidence leads us towards a non-criminal cause at this point,” he said.

Grimmis said it’s not clear yet what the man’s cause or manner of death were. An autopsy will be required to make that final determination.

(2nd report, 4:15 p.m.) Lewis and Clark County Undersheriff Jason Grimmis confirmed it is a death investigation with suspicious circumstances.

(1st Report, 3:59 p.m.) Investigators have placed police tape around a residence in East Helena.

East Helena Police and Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the 600 block of East Lewis just after 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

Officers were seen in the area throughout the morning and early afternoon. The coroner’s division was also on scene.

East Helena School District 9 posted an update to parents on its Facebook page around 2:15 p.m asking parents to avoid Lewis St. between Prickly Pear Elementary and East Valley Middle School after students were dismissed.

According to the post, law enforcement stated there was no danger.

Investigators have not released specific details about the incident.

We have a reporter on scene and will update you when we know more.

Parents and Community Members;There was an incident today 3/14/2019 on Lewis Street in East Helena.We are asking all…

Posted by East Helena School District 9 on Thursday, March 14, 2019