LODGE GRASS – The Lodge Grass home where a triple murder occurred last week was destroyed in a fire early Tuesday.
FBI Supervisory Senior Resident Agent Travis Burrows said the one-story house was burned “to the ground.” Big Horn County dispatch said the fire was called in at 1:24 a.m. Tuesday.
It happened during a 9 p.m.-5 a.m. curfew imposed by tribal authorities following the shooting that remains in effect.
Tribal officials have said a dispute linked to methamphetamine last Friday prompted the killing of three people who entered the home.
Leslie Frank Nomee Jr., 27, Denise Stewart Nomee, 25, and Nehemiah Broke Rope, 30, died of gunshot wounds at the home on Friday. Two others, who have not been identified, were also injured.
Associated Press reports that Burrows said the investigation the agency is conducting into the shootings was ongoing, but that the FBI was not investigating the fire. He did not know the cause of the fire.
Authorities have not made public the names of any suspects involved in the murders of three people in Lodge Grass on Friday, but an internal memo sent to law enforcement names one suspect. A BOLO alert for Roderick Plentyhawk, 32, was issued in relation to the investigation.
The Big Horn County Sheriff’s Office said any investigation into the fire would be led by the county fire department. The county’s fire chief, Matt Redden, was responding to a wildfire on Tuesday and was unavailable to comment.
MTN’s Victoria Hill