POLSON - Lake County Sheriff's investigators said Wednesday they now believe Raymond Dunnwebber of Charlo was murdered near where his body was found, not on property owned by the man accused of killing him.
Originally, the affidavit in support of the information charging Swan DeLavergn Smith, 33, Ronan, with deliberate homicide in Dunnwebber's death four years ago stated that a witness reported seeing the body "partially burned in a pit on Smith's property and that the remains were then taken to Mission Dam for disposal."
No evidence exists to substantiate this claim, and investigators now believe that Dunnwebber was murdered in the McDonald Lake-Mission Dam area near St. Ignatius where his body was found Friday by a hiker, Lake County Undersheriff Mike Sargeant said Wednesday.
Investigators who interviewed Smith extensively Monday say they believe that Smith acted alone in the killing. Smith has yet to be arraigned, but he made a brief court appearance Tuesday. He is being held without bond.
Also, Dunnwebber was 40 when he disappeared on April 29, 1999, not 44 as previously reported, a relative told the Missoulian.