Posted: Aug 26, 2013 7:44 PM by MTN News
HELENA - A week-long horseback expedition into the Bob Marshall Wilderness has recovered more evidence in the Noah Pippin case.
Pippin was last seen in Hungry Horse and the nearby area on September 15th, 2010; at the time of his disappearance, the California National Guard member was reportedly on his way from his home in Michigan back to California where he was scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan.
Pippin's remains were discovered a year ago near the Chinese Wall after he was reported missing on his way from Michigan to California in September of 2010.
Lewis & Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton, two deputies, and a Forest Service guide set out last week to search an area near the Chinese Wall to retrieve a bullet and various bone fragments believed to be related to Pippin.
Although Pippin's death is not being ruled a homicide, questions surrounding new evidence are key to closure.
Sheriff Dutton said, "What happens now is a bullet and skull fragments will be submitted to the Montana State Crime Lab. The bullet will be checked for DNA, and we will attempt to find out if the bones that we brought back were human. And subsequent bones that we received, the section of vertebrae, was it human."
The death certificate ruled Pippin's death a suicide.
Sheriff Dutton said it could take up to six months for results from the crime lab in Missoula.