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Mar 5, 2014 1:52 PM by Brin Merkley - MTN News

UPDATE: Foul play possible in transient death

MISSOULA -Police now say that foul play may have been involved in the death of a homeless man whose body was found late Tuesday morning on Missoula's northside.

Missoula Sgt. Travis Welsh said that based on the evidence found at the scene, there is some indication of foul play being involved in the death of 34-year-old Keith William Byington, of Missoula.

Authorities said he was a disabled transient.

Missoula County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Paige Pavalone said the exact cause of his death will be determined by an autopsy.

Byington's body was partially buried in the snow. It was found at around 11:30 a.m. by a Montana Rail Link employee near the 300 block of North first Street West.

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Police have released the name of the man whose body was found late Tuesday morning near the railroad tracks on Missoula's northside.

Missoula County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Paige Pavalone said the man has been identified as Keith William Byington, 34, of Missoula.

Byington was a disabled transient, and Pavalone said the cause of his death will be determined by an autopsy.

Missoula police Sgt. Travis Welsh said Byington's body was partially buried in the snow, and was found at around 11:30 a.m. by a Montana Rail Link employee near the 300 block of North First Street West.

Officers used caution tape to block off the area and eventually moved in trains to block off the view of the crime scene. The main tracks were still accessible to moving trains.

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