Sheriff receives toxicology report in death case

Chris Aiken, Pioneer Staff Writer 
Wednesday, June 6, 2018


The Sweet Grass County Sheriff’s Office received the toxicology report for 28-year-old Bryce Arneson, whose body was found near Greycliff on April 10. 

The report arrived on June 1, nearly two months after the 12-day search that ended with the discovery of Arneson’s body in a creek bed roughly a quarter mile from his abandoned vehicle on private property west of Greycliff. 

As of June 6, Sweet Grass County Sheriff Dan Tronrud still awaited a medical examiner’s report, which will contain final remarks by the Billings doctor who performed the autopsy. 

Once the medical examiner’s report is received, it will be reviewed by county attorney Pat Dringman to determine what information is legally fit for public view. 

Arneson was last seen evading county deputies in his pickup on March 29. The chase was postponed because of heavy snowfall, and a joint-agency search-and-rescue effort ensued later that night. Assisted by Montana Highway Patrol and K-9 units from neighboring counties, Sweet Grass County deputies eventually found Arneson’s body. An autopsy showed no signs of trauma, indicating that he had died of exposure.