Cody police have arrested a 28-year-old man they described as their "primary suspect" in connection with a Sunday night murder.
Myron Friday, arrested Monday evening in Cody, is scheduled to make his initial appearance in Cody's Circuit Courtroom at 9 a.m. Thursday. No charges had been filed against him as of Tuesday morning, and a circuit court representative said she did not believe they would be until Wednesday.
Jail records on the Park County Sheriff's website accessed Tuesday morning stated that Friday was being held on suspicion of second-degree murder. It will ultimately be up to Park County Attorney Bryan Skoric to determine any charges brought against Friday.
Friday's wife, 44-year-old Julie Friday, was found dead at her home on 33rd Street in Cody around 11 p.m. Sunday, said Cody Police Chief Perry Rockvam during a Monday afternoon news conference. Rockvam said the discovery was made by her teenage son. Police were called at 11:02 p.m. and at Friday's trailer at 11:05 p.m., where she was pronounced dead.
"We understand this is a very difficult time for Julie's family. We are definitely thinking of the family," Rockvam said.
He described Myron Friday as the primary suspect in connection with the homicide case. Myron Friday reportedly left the home on foot after the incident. After unsuccessful searching throughout the day, Friday was arrested around 6:15 p.m. Monday at a residence on Cody's C Street, Rockvam said in a Monday night press release.
He declined to say why police consider Friday a suspect, but said the time frame of the incident is a factor.
Friday is 5 feet, 9 inches tall, weighs 225 pounds, is Native American and has a tattoo that says, "mi vida loca" in script on his neck. He previously worked as a derrick hand.
"He does have a violent past, but it's primarily due to domestic violence incidents," Rockvam said. Court records show past conflict with police as well, with several misdemeanor interference charges. Friday was previously released from the Park County Detention Center on Feb. 18 after serving more than a month in jail for violating his terms of probation on 2011 convictions for interfering with police and criminal trespassing, court records say. He currently is on unsupervised probation out of Park County Circuit Court.
A Tribune search of state court records showed no felony convictions or past felony charges against Friday.
Monday's efforts to locate Friday included using Park County Search and Rescue personnel and their plane to search areas along the Shoshone River by air, Rockvam said; a construction crew off U.S. 14-A east of Cody had seen someone cutting across a field, but Rockvam said police found no one that matched Friday's description.
"We're still following leads as much as we possibly can," he said. Cody police had also reached out to law enforcement in Riverton, where Friday has family, and Billings.
Friday was arrested at a C Street residence after a local citizen tipped police off.
Rockvam did not offer any details of the investigation on Monday afternoon. He described it as a "domestic violence incident" and said Julie Friday "definitely" suffered unspecified trauma. The cause of death won't be known until an autopsy is completed, the chief said.
Officers were called to the Fridays' 33rd Street residence "numerous" times over the years, he said.
Editor's note: This version corrects Julie Friday's age.
Updated 10:45 p.m. Monday: Police have arrested a man in connection with a Sunday night homicide in Cody.
The homicide was reported at 11:03 p.m. at 208 33rd Street in Cody, said a brief release from Cody Police Chief Perry Rockvam sent Monday morning. At an afternoon press conference, Rockvam identified the deceased as 34-year-old Julie Friday and said she had died from unspecified trauma.
Rockvam described Julie Friday's husband, 28-year-old Myron Friday, as police's "primary suspect." After spending the day searching for Myron Friday, Cody police arrested him around 6:15 p.m. at a C Street residence in Cody, Rockvam said. Police had asked citizens for help in locating the man, described as 5 feet 9 inches, 225 pounds, Native American with a tattoo on his neck that says "Mi Vida Loca."
Rockvam said in a late Monday press release that a citizen had tipped police office to the location of the suspect, who was wanted for questioning.
A flyer released by police listed Friday's last known address is 208 33rd Street, where the homicide reportedly occurred.