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Officials identify shooting victim who was found outside Montana hospital


MISSOULA, Montana — Missoula County officials have released the name of a Washington state man who was found dead in a vehicle outside a western Montana hospital.

Sheriff's spokeswoman Brenda Bassett said the victim was 25-year-old Jake Colvin, of Valley, Washington.

Colvin was found dead in sport utility vehicle outside St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula early Sunday afternoon.

Police are investigating whether Colvin may have been shot in Spokane, Washington, and are trying to determine when he died during the drive to Missoula.

The Missoulian reports (http://goo.gl/3WGFw4 ) the driver, 34-year-old Leo Rodriguez, of Spokane, Washington, was charged Tuesday with tampering with evidence. On Tuesday, he made an initial court appearance, where his bail was set at $100,000.

Police from Missoula and Spokane continue to investigate the shooting.

Information from: Missoulian, http://www.missoulian.com

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