A Missoula woman is dead from blunt force trauma to the head in an incident that police are calling a deliberate homicide.

The suspect in the alleged crime is Tyler Dan Perry, 25, who is in jail after police were called to a house in the 1500 block of West Kent Avenue around 9 p.m. Saturday night.

When they arrived, police found Perry outside the residence, admitting his crime, and inside, the dead woman, according to Detective Guy Baker of the Missoula Police Department.

The victim is a relative of Perry’s, Baker said. Although police are not releasing many details about the incident – including what is the relationship between the two people and what was the weapon used in the attack – Baker did say Perry had recently moved to Missoula from out of state and was staying with the woman Perry told officers he had killed.

Police recovered the weapon that killed the victim, Baker said.

“The initial investigation indicates he acted alone, Baker said. “There is no threat to public safety.”

Perry was placed under arrest for deliberate homicide and taken to the Missoula County jail. Baker said on Sunday it was unknown if he had a previous criminal record.

An investigative team has been assigned to the case; their work continues, Baker said.

If anyone has information regarding the deadly incident, Baker said to call him at 396-3217.

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