44-year-old Charles Covey has been arrested in connection with the Homicide that occurred last week. He is scheduled to appear in Missoula County Justice Court this afternoon.

The Missoula Police Department provided the following statement:

Charles Michael Covey (44) A.K.A. Jesse Nitcy, has been arrested in connection with the Homicide that occurred this past Friday, when a citizen found the body of 65-year-old Lee Nelson along the north side river trail below the old Western Montana Clinic Buildings. Through the exhaustive efforts of MPD Patrol Officers and Detectives, Covey was identified, located and subsequently interviewed. He is currently awaiting arraignment for the offense of Deliberate Homicide.

“The Missoula Police Department was able to identify a suspect and make an arrest through the great teamwork of our officers. I would also like to thank and acknowledge the community members who recognized the severity and urgency of this incident that came forward to provide valuable surveillance video and statements. The collaborative efforts between the Missoula Police Department and the community lead to timely identification and arrest of Mr. Covey. On behalf of the Missoula Police Department, our deepest condolences to the family of Mr. Nelson,” stated Chief Jaeson White.

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