According to a Media News release from Billings Police Chief Rich St. Johns, on July 30, 2017, a landowner working his property in an area south of Roundup discovered what he believed to be a shallow grave.
The landowner contacted the Musselshell County Sheriff’s Office and a deputy responded.
The preliminary investigation revealed freshly turned dirt and a shallow grave holding a badly decomposed body, possibly human.
Billings Police Investigative efforts into the whereabouts of Rory Wanner have centered around the Roundup area and detectives were called to further the investigation.
A team of forensic specialists are travelling from Missoula to assist with the recovery and identification.
The Billings Police Department is now investigating a missing person case involving Rory G. Wanner as an active homicide, Detective Capt. Jeremy House said Friday afternoon.
Detectives are “actively pursuing leads and have identified persons of interest,” House said in a news release.
Limited information is being released because of the ongoing investigation, House said.
On July 1, police issued a missing person report saying it was looking for Wanner, 33, who had not been heard from since about 9 p.m. on June 28.
Wanner was headed to a friend’s house in the Billings Heights but never arrived, police said.
Wanner’s white Jeep was found abandoned in a residential area in the Heights the morning of July 1
Police said earlier that it was out of character for Wanner to be out of contact with friends and family for so long or to abandon his vehicle.