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Four Suspects in Custody in Connection with Critically Injured Woman

Lake County authorities say woman was found unconscious near McDonald Lake in the Mission Mountains

Four suspects are in custody in Lake County following the discovery of a critically injured woman near McDonald Lake in the Mission Mountains Tribal Wilderness.

According to Lake County Undersheriff Ben Woods, the woman is in her early 20s and was found the morning of June 23 unconscious and badly injured near McDonald Lake in the Mission Mountains.

Initially the identity of the female was unknown and the circumstances of her injuries were unclear, but investigators suspected it involved a vehicle based on the scene and location of the injured subject, Woods stated in a press release.

The woman has since been identified and is currently at the Intensive Care Unit at Kalispell Regional Medical Center. She is not expected to survive her injuries, Woods said.

With the assistance of Montana Highway Patrol and tribal police with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, in the past 36 hours, Lake County detectives located and apprehended four people they believe are responsible for the victim’s injuries. They all are in custody at the Lake County Jail.

Authorities also seized a vehicle as evidence.

More information will be released this coming week on the identities of all involved as the case is still being investigated.

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