The discovery last April of two bodies in a burning Honest Tom’s Saloon & Casino in Bridger, Montana, is now being described as a homicide. The suspect took his own life. Montana officials announced this week that a man who worked there part-time repeatedly hit an employee in the head with a red crowbar. Then he probably committed suicide.
Suspect Took Meth
A review of the contents of Ahles’ cell phone later revealed that he appeared to have suicidal thoughts. Toxicology tests also revealed that Ahles had ingested THC, methamphetamine (methamphetamine), and amphetamines before his death. No reason was given for Murray’s murder. News of the find was contained in a letter from Carbon County Attorney Alex Nixon to Carbon County Sheriff Josh McQuillan. Officially, Nixon did not conclude that Ahles committed suicide but presented the available evidence and stopped the investigation.
The fire probably started. The gas line to the furnace was intentionally damaged, resulting in a natural gas leak in the building. According to Billings Gazette, a local newspaper, the gas was most likely ignited on purpose and caused the fire. According to the prosecutor’s report. The fire was started intentionally, according to Nixon, when someone believed to be Ahles cut the line to the blast furnace and ignited the natural gas. Authorities aren’t sure why Ahles left the casino after the fire broke out, but Nixon found that a review of his cellphone records indicated suicidal thoughts.
A toxicology report found THC, methamphetamine and amphetamines in his blood.
Ahles Snuck Into Casino
The incident began when Murray showed up at the casino at 7:45 am. from 20.04. Soon he was playing one of the casino games. Ahles arrived at the casino a short time later. He soon snuck into the building and began viewing video from a security camera.
He had a crowbar in his hand. At around 9:30 am, a dealer spotted the burning casino. He tried to enter the casino, but the smoke was too thick. Local officials have been alerted.
Bridger Police Chief Mike Büchler was the first to arrive. Smoke was billowing from the front door, reported KTVQ, a local TV station. He yelled to see if anyone was inside, but no one answered. He could open a screen door. Because of the smoke, I could only see a few meters inside.
The fire department soon arrived. It was challenging for them to fight the fire, and a back door was locked inside. Finally, they broke it open. Initially, McQuillan said the fire was not believed to have started, KTVQ said. However, later investigations led officers to change their minds and open a murder investigation.
The two victims were alone in the building during the fire. They both lived in Bridger. Ahles worked part-time at the casino doing IT but wasn’t scheduled to work on the day of the fire. Since the fire, the owners of Honest Tom’s have gone bankrupt. McQuillan described the small building as a “total loss” due to smoke damage, the Associated Press reported.
The casino was located on Main Street in southern Montana.Town.Bridger is a small community about 47 miles south of Billings.