Laurel Man Diego T. Hernandez, Age 22, Arrested And Charged With Homicide Of 57-year-old Laurel Woman, Lori Bray

October 9, 2019



Syndicated by: Montana News

UPDATE October 8, 2019    8:30PM

An arrest has been made in connection to the death of 57 year old Lori Bray of Laurel.


At 8:00 this evening, Diego T. Hernandez, age 22, of Laurel was arrested on a charge of homicide. Hernandez was arrested by Yellowstone County Deputies at his residence and will be transported to the Yellowstone County Detention Facility. The investigation is continuing and no further information is being released at this time.


Thank You,

Sheriff Mike Linder


UPDATE: October 4, 2019, 1150 AM


The medical examiner has positively identified the body that was located off Yard Office Road Wednesday evening, as 57-year-old Lori Bray. Medical records were used in the identification.

This incident is being investigated as a homicide so no details of the investigation are being released at this time. No arrests have been made and the investigation is continuing.

Anyone who may have any information in regards to this incident, is asked to contact that Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Office at 406-256-2929.


On behalf of the Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Office, our thoughts are with Lori’s family and friends.


Sheriff Mike Linder


UPDATE: October 3, 2019 1:45 PM


The body mentioned in my last update was found by a man riding his ATV in the wooded area near the intersection of Yard Office Road and Ridge Drive.

This incident is being investigated as a homicide and Detectives finished processing the scene at about noon today.  An autopsy is scheduled for Friday morning. I cannot confirm the body is that of Lori Bray until I have confirmation from the medical examiner one way or the other. In the meantime, our search has been put on hold, as we do not believe continuing the search will yield any new results. I will forward information about the identification as soon I receive the results. The investigation is continuing.


Thank You,

Sheriff Mike Linder



UPDATE: October 2, 2019 8:30 PM


The Body of a deceased female has been located in a rural are just outside of Laurel. The body was not in the same area where searchers were concentrating their efforts earlier today. Investigators are on scene but at this time, there has not been a positive identification. No further information is being released until identification can be certain and relatives notified.


We would like to thank all of those who helped with the search efforts around Buffalo trail today. Special thanks to Gary and Ashley Blain of Billings Flying Service, the employees and management at Woods Powr-Grip, Domino’s Pizza, Redneck Pizza, Reese and Rays IGA, Town and Country, Walmart, The Laurel Police and Fire Departments, Montana Highway Patrol, Sheriff’s Office / Search and Rescue and all of the awesome volunteers from the Laurel and Billings area, who came out to help with our search efforts. 



Sheriff Mike Linder





October 2, 2019


The Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating a person who was reported missing from the Laurel Area.


Lori Bray (57), was last seen leaving the Copper Ridge Casino in Laurel at approximately 12:30 am, Tuesday morning. Her Car was located later that morning near the intersection of Buffalo Trail and Laurel Airport Rd. She has not been seen since. Anyone with information about Lori should call the Sheriff’s Office at 406-256-2929 as soon as possible.


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