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Billings police unearth human remains in Roundup believed to be murder victim

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Investigators with the Billings Police Department worked throughout Tuesday morning and afternoon to unearth the decomposing human remains believed to be that of a missing Billings man.

Forensic experts with the University of Montana walked into the woods off Juniper Road, south of Roundup, to the scene of the shallow grave where the body was discovered over the weekend.

Billings police said Monday that they believe the remains are that of Rory Wanner, 33, who went missing at the end of June. His death is under investigation as a homicide.

BPD Capt. Jeremy House said on Tuesday that there are two suspects and a possible third person of interest.

The human remains were located by a landowner about a half mile off the road.

According to law enforcement, there is no house on the property but it’s used by a Billings businessman to store ATVs.

The path leading up to the area where the remains were discovered is a steep dirt path secured behind a locked gate.

House said the landowner has not been implicated for the murder, but investigators are working to determine how the suspects gained access to the area and how they knew about the land.

House would not comment on any relationship between the landowner and the suspects.

House said he would be questioning the landowner further about the discovery of the body.

Wanner was reported missing in June by a friend who said Wanner never arrived at his home in the Heights as planned.

Wanner’s Jeep was discovered abandoned in a nearby neighborhood.

A home in the Heights was later determined to be the site of an assault that police believe occurred on the same day and in the same area as Wanner’s disappearance.

Authorities won’t confirm whether Wanner was killed at that home, but two men have since been charged with removing bloody clothing from the home.

The two suspects were also charged with trying to destroy evidence in the home using bleach.

House believes an autopsy will positively identify the remains as Wanner.

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