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Officers release identity of man in suspicious Hamilton death

By Scott Zoltan, KECI Reporter, szoltan@keci.com
Published On: Jan 30 2014 09:46:29 PM MST
MISSOULA, Mont. -

Officers have released the name of a man found dead at a Hamilton home after an alleged disturbance Tuesday night.

Hamilton Police Chief Ryan Oster identified the man as 25-year old Robert L. Thaut.

Oster says the man lived at the home officers responded to on the 400-block of South Fourth Street in Hamilton.

Officers are currently referring to the situation as a “suspicious death,” and are awaiting autopsy results. Investigators continued to process the scene on Thursday.

“We have a few more items of evidence to remove out of there,” said Oster. 

Oster says a man and woman were detained for questioning, though they have not been charged in relation to the incident. They are currently being held on unrelated charges.

In October, deputies arrested Richard Michael Sullivan and his wife Candace Elizabeth Sullivan at a Stevenseville motel.

Prosecutors claim the room was dirty and littered and their child was in it.

Documents say Candace Sullivan admitted both were smoking meth, and a pot pipe was reportedly found on Richard. Both face criminal endangerment and drug charges.

Officers tell NBC Montana that the two are being held for violating their bond conditions, after being found in possession of alcohol.

“They were present at the residence when this disturbance occurred and they're certainly individuals that we have some interest in,” said Oster.