The investigation into the slaying of 47 year-old Susan Wood continues by several law enforcement agencies, but primarily by the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office.

Public Information Officer Brenda Bassett said investigators have determined that Wood was last seen on foot crossing the Reserve Street Bridge sometime on March 3.

“The last time she was on a surveillance camera was when she was about to cross the Reserve Street Bridge,” said Bassett. “She regularly took that path, and often wore that pink coat, so maybe someone saw something out of the ordinary and will reach out to our department and let us know. They can just call the Sheriff’s Office and ask for the detective unit.”

Bassett said there are a number of people working the case, and they have been able to retrace the slain woman’s steps on the day she was last seen. Wood was taken to Coal Mine Road and dumped there with what would eventually be a fatal head wound. She was found by a passing jogger who contacted 9-1-1.

Ms. Wood died on Friday, March 16 from complications due to being struck on the head with a blunt instrument.

“She often took public transportation, and it would be uncommon for her to get into a vehicle with someone she didn’t know, so there’s a very small window of time relatively speaking from when she was last seen to when she was found on Coal Mine Road,” she said. “We’re just trying to close those gaps and are hoping someone will come forward if they saw anything out of the ordinary.”

There is a recorded tip line that has been set up to deal with this crime exclusively. The number is 258-3337, or contact Missoula Crimestoppers at 721-4444 to report anonymously.


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