A 30-year-old Missoula man is charged with killing his girlfriend, who apparently feared she would someday be found dead in the woods southeast of the city.
Missoula County prosecutors filed a deliberate homicide charge against Emmanuel Gomez for the death of Charlie Ann Wyrick. He made an initial appearance in Justice Court Monday afternoon and was ordered held on $1 million bail. He did not enter a plea.
Prosecutors say a co-worker reported Wyrick missing on Dec. 24, days after Wyrick told the co-worker that Gomez had threatened to kill her. Court records say Wyrick told a friend that if she ever went missing to look in the Pattee Canyon area, where Gomez had previously beaten her. Officers found her body there Sunday.
Gomez has been jailed since his Dec. 24 arrest on suspicion of partner or family member assault.
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