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Injured man found near Lincoln says he hurt himself, but sheriff doesn’t believe him

Posted at 9:49 PM, Sep 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-12 23:49:14-04

LINCOLN- The man who was found in critical condition in the woods near Lincoln several weeks ago has been identified as Lee Klette of Great Falls, 42.

Lewis & Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton told MTN News Wednesday that Klette claims that he put the wire found around his leg there himself, and that he is not the victim of a crime.

Klette’s car, a rented Ford Mustang, was found near a trailhead on Aug. 20. Four days later, a man walking the gulch with a metal detector heard moaning and found Klette about two miles away from his car.

Klette, who works for FedEx in Great Falls, according to Dutton, was taken to a hospital in Missoula, where he’s undergone several surgeries for internal injuries.

Dutton suspects foul play, but so far, Klette isn’t providing any details to investigators.

Dutton says investigators did find a cell phone, and they are trying to track down a man they believe was with the victim. They’re also working with the FBI’s Violent Crime Task Force.

Story by David Sherman, MTN News

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