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Suspect in Missoula homicide case arrested

Posted at 10:47 AM, Nov 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-25 20:03:14-05

According to the Missoula Police Department, Charles Michael Covey (44) has been arrested as a suspect in connection with a homicide that occurred on Friday, Nov. 20 when a citizen found the body of 65-year-old Lee Nelson next to the northside river trail.

On Wednesday the department announced they had made an arrest on Covey and interviewed him. Covey, also know as Jesse Nitcy, is currently waiting arraignment for the offense of deliberate homicide.

“The Missoula Police Department was able to identify a suspect and make an arrest through the great teamwork of our officers," stated Chief Jaeson White.

"I would also like to thank and acknowledge the community members who recognized the severity and urgency of this incident that came forward to provide valuable surveillance video and statements. The collaborative efforts between the Missoula Police Department and the community lead to timely identification and arrest of Mr. Covey. On behalf of the Missoula Police Department, our deepest condolences to the family of Mr. Nelson," said White.