The person of interest police want to talk to about a box of children’s teeth and bones found in a shed in Missoula said he served only as the property manager for the residence, and the caretaker for the prior owner.
Over the summer, police began investigating after a box containing teeth and some bones that were eventually tested and believed to be from three children was found in a shed on the 2100 block of South 12th Street.
Doug Labare, who lived in a camper in the backyard of the home until he was forced to leave in the summer of 2016, confirmed to the Missoulian on Thursday he is the person of interest Missoula police are looking to speak with in the case.
Police had said there was a person of interest but stressed that individual was not being considered a suspect.
Labare told the Missoulian he had been a caretaker for his best friend, the former owner of the home until the man’s death, then stayed on and continued to live in his camper in the back yard to be a property manager when the owner’s son rented out the house.
Two former residents of the home, who were evicted over the summer, told the Missoulian that since they moved into the house in early 2016 first Labare, and then the property management company had told them not to go into the sheds, saying it wasn’t included in what they were renting.
Labare confirmed the sheds were off limits to renters, but said he wouldn’t discuss whose items were stored in them until he could speak with the Missoula detective assigned to the case.
The residents said they had paid their rent to Labare but later found none of that money ever made it to the owner, the issue they say led to a property management company being brought in and Labare being evicted from the premises.
Labare said the former residents had never paid him.
A search warrant in the case said Labare had a surveillance camera set up that alerted him if anyone came to the property. The former residents said it was placed to watch Labare’s camper.
The teeth and bones have been submitted to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System run by the federal Department of Justice to look for trace DNA.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Det. Guy Baker at 406-396-3217.