Blog Cabin

Entries in Yaak Valley murder (3)


Boundary County couple held in Yaak murder case

Lincoln Co Sheriff photo (LIBBY)- An Idaho couple are being held without bail after their arrest for the murder of a man in the Yaak Valley last winter.

The Western News reports 28-year old Ezra Skinner and 27-year old Sarah Carpenter Skinner of Boundary County were arrested following a joint investigation with the Boundary County and Lincoln County Sheriff's departments. 

The pair are accused with the shooting death of 31-year old Travis Gillett, who's body was discovered last January in Yaak. He'd been shot multiple times. 

Gillett had been reported missing January 14th after he didn't return to Sandpoint after leaving with someone from Thompson Falls to make a delivery in the Yaak. He was known to have lived in Libby and Troy in the past. 


Investigators checking whether Yaak murder victim recently won money

(LIBBY)- Libby County detectives are checking to see whether a man who's body was found in the Lower Yaak Valley last Sunday might have been murdered because he won big at a casino.

The body of 69-year old Ernest Cleon Judd was found Sunday afternoon in his mini-van, parked on a forest road near the Yaak River. Tests at the state crime lab confirmed Judd had died of blunt force trauma. 

The Western News reports that Lincoln County Sheriff's deputies are checking stories that Judd had won a large cash prize at a local casino and may have boosted about the winnings, making him a target. Sheriff Roby Bowe told the paper investigators "are pursuing that." 

Cleon's murder is the fourth homicide case Lincoln County authorities have been faced with this winter. 


Yaak Valley death being treated as a homicide case

(LIBBY)- Lincoln County authorities are dealing with yet another homicide case, saying the discovery of a man's body in the Lower Yaak Valley over the weekend is a case of murder. 

Deputies were called out Sunday afternoon with the report that a man's body had been discovered in a parked mini-van. 

Initial tests were run at the state crime lab, and Tuesday Lincoln County Sheriff Roby Bowe announced the 69-year old man is apparent murder victim, having died of blunt force trauma. Authorities haven't released the man's name because they've had some difficulty in finding his next-of-kin. 

The death continues a rash of homicide cases that have hit Lincoln County this winter.