UPDATE - Thursday, January 30, 3 p.m.

The name of the victim in Tuesday night's suspicious death, as well as those of the two individuals in custody and being held for questioning in have been released by the Hamilton Police Department.

Chief Ryan Oster said on Thursday afternoon that the victim has been identified as Hamilton resident Robert L. Thaut, 25. The man and woman being held for questioning in the case have also been identified as Richard Sullivan, 25, and Candace Sullivan, 28, also of Hamilton.

Oster said police have completed their examination of the home where the death occurred, however, they are still waiting for results of an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death, as well as to determine if Thaut's death was the result of violence or foul play.

Oster said the Sullivan couple have been placed back in custody because they were out on bond on prior drug charges, and had violated the conditions of their bond release. They were seen by a judge, where a higher bond was set, and they remain in the Hamilton detention facility.

No charges related to Thaut's death have yet been filed.

Hamilton Police Chief Ryan Oster



A man and woman in their 20's are in custody and being held for questioning regarding what Hamilton police are calling a 'suspicious death'.

Hamilton Police Chief Ryan Oster said on Wednesday, January 29, that officers were called to investigate a disturbance at a residence late Tuesday night.

"Our officers were dispatched to a residence at 408 South Fourth Street in Hamilton in regards to a physical disturbance," Oster said. "When they arrived on scene, they found an unresponsive male inside the residence. EMS personnel determined that the male was deceased."

Oster said there were two other individuals in the home at the time.

"The two, a male and a female, both in their 20's, were acquaintances of the victim," Oster said. "They have both been detained and interviewed, but neither has been charged with anything related to this incident yet. Since last night, we have obtained a search warrant for the residence and have been gathering evidence today. The body has been transported to the state crime lab in Missoula for an autopsy."

Oster said the investigation is underway. The residence is a rental, and it is unknown how many of the three individuals involved actually lived in the home.

"At this time, we're still looking over all the evidence, and so far, we're calling it a suspicious death," Oster said.

Hamilton Police Chief Ryan Oster


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