Cops: Couple Killed 2, Dissolved Bodies in Tubs

Montana woman's roommate heard screams
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 22, 2017 4:42 AM CDT
Cops: Couple Tried to Dissolve Murder Victims in Tubs
Augustus Standingrock.   (Missoula County Sheriff's Office)

Bail has been set at $2 million for two western Montana residents who are charged in the stabbing deaths of two people whose bodies were found in plastic tubs of chemicals in the basement of a Missoula home. Tiffanie Pierce, 23, and Augustus Standingrock, 26, were arrested last week and made their initial appearances in Justice Court on Monday, the AP reports. Both are charged with deliberate homicide in the deaths of a man and a woman on Aug. 17. They did not enter pleas. Pierce and Standingrock tried to destroy the bodies of the victims by putting them in tubs with chemicals that were purchased by Pierce, prosecutors say. Police found the bodies and a blood-covered ax in the home.

Pierce's roommate told police he was awakened by a woman's screams and found Pierce and Standingrock in the bathroom washing blood off themselves before Pierce told him there was a dead woman in the basement. The roommate left but said Pierce showed up at his work and told him she "killed a couple people last night," according to court records. Pierce reportedly told her roommate that Standingrock brought a couple of people over and that he took them to the basement and attacked one. The initial investigation found both victims died of stab wounds. Pierce was already being investigated for her role in a home invasion and stabbing in late July, the Missoulian reports. (More Montana stories.)

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