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Laurel woman identified as victim of deadly hit-and-run

Kassi McColly
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Posted at 9:43 AM, Feb 06, 2024
and last updated 2024-02-06 17:35:39-05

BILLINGS — Deputies have found the vehicle believed to have been involved in the hit-and-run death of Kassi McColly, whose body was found Sunday night east of town, according to Yellowstone County Sheriff Mike Linder.

The owner of the vehicle contacted detectives after seeing a post on social media from the Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office, according to Sheriff Linder.

The investigation continues, and Linder said the County Attorney's office will review and determine whether charges will be filed.

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(1st REPORT) The Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office announced Tuesday morning that the body discovered by railroad tracks near Laurel has been identified as 28-year old Kassi McColly, who investigators believe was killed in a hit-and-run. Sheriff Mike Linder says that McColly was reported missing last week.

"Information derived from the autopsy indicates Ms. McColley’s injuries were consistent with being struck by a motor vehicle," Linder said in a news release. "Evidence recovered at the scene by Sheriff’s Detectives lead investigators to believe that the vehicle involved is a 2017 – 2022 Chevrolet TRAX, Silver in color...Two of the items recovered at the scene include, the external passenger (right-side) mirror, and the molding from the right-front wheel well or fender."

Investigators believe McColly was struck between shortly after 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Wednesday, January 31, Linder said.

Her body was found Sunday near the tracks near Old Highway 10 East and Sietz Ronan Road.

Kassi McColly
Kassi McColly (without glasses)

The Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating the suspect vehicle, as well as any other information that might be helpful to this investigation.

"In addition, anyone who may have security cameras that have coverage of Hwy 10 East, especially in the area near Milwaukee Avenue, who have not yet contacted our office, are asked to review their video between 10:00 and 11:00 pm last Wednesday, to see if they may have captured video of the described vehicle or someone walking near the road," the press release states.

Anyone with information - including possible video - is asked to call Detective Johnson at 406-256-2941.

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