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Coulson Park

Law enforcement responded to a report of a body found in Coulson Park on Sunday.

BILLINGS - A walker discovered the body of a 36-year-old Roberts man Sunday in Coulson Park in Billings.

Jason David Mickle died from exposure, said Lt. Bill Jones, Yellowstone County coroner. Mickle likely died on Friday night.

No foul play is suspected at this point, Jones said.

His body was found on the bank of the Yellowstone River between the boat ramp and the west parking lot on Sunday at about 2 p.m. by a person walking along the riverbank, said Yellowstone County Sheriff's Detective Frank Fritz.

No vehicle was found near Mickle's body, and detectives believe he was a transient.

Friday night temperatures were in the mid-20s, and Mickle was dressed in a shirt and jeans, not sufficient attire for the conditions, he said. Vodka bottles were found near his body, but they were nearly full.

No toxicology results have returned from the Montana State Crime Lab to ascertain whether Mickle was intoxicated at the time of his death, Fritz said.

The investigation into the death is ongoing, but no foul play is suspected at this point, Fritz said.

This is the second body to turn up in Coulson this year, according to Yellowstone County Sheriff's Capt. Vince Wallis.

The first body was found May 21 and is being investigated as a homicide.

Investigators identified that body as 47-year-old Jack Jason Cox of Billings, and an autopsy on Cox has been completed but no cause of death has been released.

The sheriff’s office previously said the body was at such an advanced stage of decomposition that identifying features such as gender were not immediately apparent.

However, the body still had remnants of clothing and other items that helped in the identification process.

The discovery of the body late on May 21, by two men who were reportedly looking for rocks, and the subsequent investigation closed the park into the next day.

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