Man Missing in St. Ignatius Area Found Dead

Michael Eugene Wheeler went missing while hunting for horns near Pistol Creek

By Justin Franz

A 52-year-old Lake County man was found dead on April 3, a day after he went missing in the St. Ignatius area.

Michael Eugene Wheeler had been hunting for animal sheds in the Pistol Creek area when he got separated from a family member during a snowstorm. Wheeler was reported missing shortly after 10 p.m.

Wheeler’s body was found the following morning. His body has been transferred to the Montana State Crime Lab for an autopsy.

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