Officials ID Libby Man Whose Body Found in Minivan

By Beacon Staff

Lincoln County officials have released the name of a man whose body was found in a minivan on a Forest Service road in the lower part of the Yaak River area last weekend.

Sheriff Robby Bowe says officials are investigating the death of 69-year-old Ernest Cleon Judd of Libby as a homicide. An autopsy determined he died of blunt force trauma.

Judd’s body was found Sunday afternoon.

The state Sexual or Violent Offenders Registry lists Judd as a tier 2 registered sex offender who was convicted in 2006 of sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl the year before.

Bowe says there is no indication that Judd’s criminal history had anything to do with his death.

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