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Missoula murder victims identified

Posted at 2:34 PM, Oct 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-22 16:34:53-04

The Missoula County Sheriff’s Office has identified Jason J. Flink and Megan M. McLaughlin as the two people who were found dead in a hotel on Friday.

Flink was 23 years old, and McLaughlin was 31.

There is no word yet on the cause or manner of their deaths.

Over the weekend, law enforcement officers in Missoula arrested two suspects in connection with the double murder, including the man who has been on the run since the incident.

Missoula County Sheriff T.J. McDermott said Jonathan Whitworth was arrested at approximately 11:45 a.m. on Sunday without incident near the Missoula International Airport. Sheriff McDermott stated Whitworth was seen riding a bike in the area. Whitworth, 27, has been on the run since early Friday.

The Missoula Police Department had issued an arrest warrant for him on a deliberate homicide charge on Saturday.

A second suspect, Preston Rossbach, 18 years old, was taken into custody at around 5 p.m. Friday, according to the Missoula County Detention Center inmate roster.

The discovery of the two bodies began as a call of a “disturbance” at the Mountain Valley Inn on the 400 block of West Broadway around 1 a.m. on Friday morning.

Police arrived to find three victims with gunshot wounds and one man and one woman already dead. The other wounded man was taken to the hospital. His current condition is unknown.

Missoula Police Lieutenant Ed McLean told MTN News that Rossbach was interviewed by detectives and then arrested in connection with the murders.

We will update you as we get more information.