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Missoula County Sheriff T.J. McDermott has identified the two bodies found in the basement of a house on Strand Avenue last month as 15-year-old Marilyn Pickett and 24-year-old Jackson Wiles, both of Missoula.

Tiffanie Pierce and Augustus Standingrock have been charged with deliberate homicide in the deaths of Pickett and Wiles after their bodies were found Aug. 17 in tubs of chemicals.

Members of law enforcement working on the case say the condition in which the bodies were found made it difficult to identify them. Detective Capt. David Conway said in late August that the Montana State Crime Lab was brought in to help identify the pair using dental and DNA records.

A missing person’s report for Pickett was filed the same day the bodies were found. The only information released at the time was that she was last seen with Wiles and had gone missing under “suspicious circumstances.”

The pair’s vehicle was found at the Weigh Station fishing access near Bonner the morning of Aug. 17, the same day officers searched the Strand Avenue home.

Court records indicate that deputies found bloody clothing in plastic garbage bags in the water near the boat ramp. Wiles’ phone and wallet were found in the car, as was Pickett’s phone, which was also covered in blood. The rest of the car did not have blood in it, and deputies determined that whatever injury had caused the bleeding did not occur in the vehicle.

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Law and Justice Reporter

Crime reporter for the Missoulian.