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Crime & Courts

Mar 4, 2013 6:54 PM by MTN News - Billings

Suspects identified in Wyoming triple homicide

The Park County Attorney's Office in Cody, Wyoming, says that the two suspects being held in connection to the triple homicide in Clark on Saturday will make their first appearance in court on Tuesday.

Stephen Hammer, 19, and Tanner Vanpelt, 18, both from Cody, are currently being held at the Park County Detention Center in Cody.

The two men have yet to be charged with any crimes, but the Park County Attorney's Office says charges will be filed against both men either late on Monday, or on Tuesday morning before the men appear in court at 9 a.m..

Hammer and Vanpelt were arrested on Saturday, March 2nd, by the Wyoming Highway Patrol without incident after witnesses to a triple homicide on Big View Road in Clark called Park County dispatchers with a description of two young men fleeing from a home where 40-year-old Ildiko Freitas and her parents, 69-year-old Janos Volgyessi and 70-year-old Hildegard Volgyessi were found dead by neighbors.


(March 3, 2013) Three people have been found dead in the rural community of Clark, Wyoming.

The Wyoming Highway Patrol confirms that the three victims were found in a home in the town of Clark, which is located about 30 miles north of Cody, Wyoming.

The three victims are a woman, and her mother and father; the Wyoming Highway Patrol has confirmed that the incident is being investigated as a homicide.

The Park County Sheriff's Office has two suspects in custody and released the following statment on Saturday evening:

The Park County Sheriff's Office is investigating a triple homicide that occurred today at approximately 11:00 hours in northern Park County. Two suspects in connection with the murders have been apprehended and are currently in custody. There are no other suspects being sought at this time in connection to the case.

The names of the deceased are being withheld at this time pending positive identification and notification of next of kin. The investigation is in the early stages and at this time there is no further information available, but more information will be provided as we continue the investigation.

The woman was married, but her husband was not home at the time and is believed to be working out of town.

Officials have not yet released the names of any of the victims or the suspects.

Robert Bushman Jr. has lived for seven years across the street from where the incident took place on Big View Road in Clark, and said that the homeowner had lived there for at least as long as he had.

Bushman says he was vacuuming his home at the time of the incident and did not notice that anything had happened until emergency crews arrived.

The Wyoming Highway Patrol made the traffic stop which initiated the arrest of the suspects.

The Park County Sheriff's Office is the lead agency for the investigation.

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