Posted: Aug 23, 2013 4:41 PM by Lindsey Gordon - MTN News
HELENA - After heading into the Bob Marshall Wilderness earlier this week to look for evidence in the Noah Pippin investigation, Lewis & Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton is scheduled to return to Helena on Friday evening.
Earlier this week Dutton said that the investigation might give more answers because the cause of death was in question.
MTN News has obtained the death certificate filed for Pippin and the manner of death listed is suicide.
It cites the cause of death as "traumatic internal and external head injuries," and states, "...a .38 caliber revolver discharged by self at his head."
The document says that Pippin likely had an onset of depression, placed the revolver to his head, and discharged it, likely causing an immediate death.
Pippin was last seen in Hungry Horse and the nearby area on September 15th, 2010.
At the time of his disappearance, the California National Guard member was reportedly on his way from his home in Michigan back to California where he was scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan.
We will update you when Sheriff Dutton provides new details about the investigation.