Man Questioned in Ferndale Murder Released Without Charges

By Beacon Staff

A Bigfork man who was questioned in the murder of 24-year-old Clyde Wilson was released from jail without charges Tuesday, the chief deputy Lake County attorney said.

Attorney Mitch Young told Kalispell television station KCFW that Zachary Forkin, 19, was released from the Lake County jail. He declined to give any other details.

Forkin and 19-year-old Ronald Lon Petersen, also of Bigfork, were arrested after investigators received an anonymous tip.

Petersen, who was charged with deliberate homicide, is awaiting extradition back to Montana from North Carolina, where he was arrested at Fort Bragg Army Base.

Wilson died New Year’s Eve from multiple gunshot wounds.

Divers who searched the Swan River on Tuesday couldn’t find the gun believed to have been used in the murder. A preliminary search of the river Monday also was unsuccessful.

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