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Arrest made in Ballantine homicide case

Eder, 32 years old, was arrested at around 4:30 p.m. on Saturday
James R. Eder
Investigation underway after a man was found dead in a Ballantine motel
Posted at 8:55 AM, Nov 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-03 11:28:49-05

BILLINGS — James R. Eder has been arrested in connection with the discovery of a dead body found at the Tiger Town Motel in Ballantine early Saturday.

According to a press release from Yellowstone County Sheriff Mike Linder, Eder, 32 years old, was arrested at around 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Sheriff’s deputies and Billings Police Department officers made the arrest at 7 Alderson Avenue.

Linder said that Eder cooperated by walking out of the house once a perimeter was established.

Eder was booked into the Yellowstone County Detention Facility on a charge of homicide.

The identification of the male victim is not being released at this time, pending notification of relatives.

A motive has not yet been established but the investigation is continuing.

(1st Report, November 2) Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Office investigators are at the Tiger Town Motel in Ballantine investigating a suspicious death.

Sheriff Mike Linder stated in a press release that an adult male was found dead in a room at the motel and detectives are investigating.

Deputies responded to the room at approximately 3:30 a.m. on Saturday and found the man already deceased.

At this time, investigators are applying for a search warrant to continue the investigation.

The identify of the man has not yet been released, nor have any other details of the investigation.

Ballantine is about nine miles northeast of Billings.

We will update you when we get more information.