Help sought in Pablo slaying

Help sought in Pablo slaying


POLSON - Lake County Sheriff-Coroner Joe Geldrich said Monday that homicide victim Daniel Lee Koso, 19, of Pablo, was shot once in the back of the head early Saturday by an unknown assailant.

The murder is under intensive investigation by the sheriff's office. Geldrich said he asked two technicians from the state Crime Lab in Missoula to help investigate the scene of the shooting. He also asked for and will receive help from an additional detective from the state Criminal Investigation Bureau in Helena.

Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribal law enforcement officers also are assisting in the investigation, Geldrich said.

The shooting occurred in a mobile home occupied by Koso along U.S. 93 at the north end of Pablo. On Monday afternoon, investigators were still at the home, which was marked off-limits to the public by yellow "crime scene" tape.

Koso, a Native American enrolled in a tribe in Alaska, had lived in Pablo about two years. He worked at Jore Corp. and attended Salish-Kootenai College in Pablo.

The victim's father, Bill Koso of Polson, found the body Saturday afternoon when he went to his son's home for a visit.

An autopsy report indicates the victim died about 1 a.m. Saturday. Neighbors reported hearing one or two shots early Saturday, and it is believed a group of people had been at the residence earlier in the evening. But, Geldrich said, investigators have not yet located anyone who was a witness.

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