3 face negligent homicide charges after woman dies near Polson

Posted at 12:23 PM, Jun 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-26 14:23:13-04

POLSON – We are learning more information about a weekend incident near Polson that resulted in the death of a woman.

Lake County Sheriff Don Bell says that Cassandra Harris, 24, of Ronan died from the injuries she received in the incident near McDonald Lake in the Mission Valley.

Sheriff Bell has also released the names of the four people arrested in connection with the death. Julia Vaile, 18, of Browning, Gale Hendrickx, 19, of Pablo and Joseph Parizeau Jr., 22, of Ronan have been charged with negligent homicide while Donnovan Sherwood, 18 of Arlee is charged with obstructing justice.

Vaile and Hendrickx were released from jail following a Monday court hearing in Lake County Justice Court while Sherwood and Parizeau remain in custody. 

Sheriff Bell says Harris’ body has been taken to the State Crime Lab in Missoula for an autopsy. The investigation into the death is still underway and no further information is being released at this time.