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Arrest made in death of Dubois woman; second-degree murder alleged

Sep 30, 2016 By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

A Dubois man has been arrested for second-degree murder in connection with the death of Laurie Margaret Thompson, 49, of Dubois.

Thompson was found not breathing just before 10 a.m. Sunday at her home on Watson Street.

Investigators have determined she died as a result of a single gunshot wound to the head.

"She was found lying on a couch inside the residence," undersheriff Ryan Lee said in a press release Friday. "There was no firearm present near her body."

Lance Clark, 53, of Dubois, was arrested without incident at about noon Friday in connection with the death. Officials said a warrant had been issued Thursday afternoon, and Clark voluntarily turned himself in to the Washakie County Sheriff in Worland.

"The arrest comes after nearly six days of an intense investigation surrounding the victim's death," Lee said. "The investigation has been centered on Clark."

Lee said the suspect initially denied being at the residence when Thompson died.

However, investigators later uncovered evidence that "strongly suggests" Clark was at the home during Thompson's death.

"During questioning Clark stated that he returned home to find the victim already deceased," Lee said.

"However a witness informed investigators that they had heard both Clark and the victim in a heated argument and then a single gunshot."

The witness said emergency vehicles arrived at the home several minutes later, according to reports.

Investigators later located a weapon that had been hidden within the residence, Lee said.

The .41-caliber revolver contained "suspected biological matter."

Clark is currently being detained in the Washakie County jail, but he will be transported back to Fremont County "soon," Lee said.

The case remains under investigation by the Fremont County Sheriff's Office with assistance from the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation and the Fremont County Coroner.

Thompson was autopsied Tuesday.

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