Williams County Deputies respond to unattended body

Posted on October 31, 2022

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UPDATE – November 1, 2022

On November 1, 2022, the North Dakota Medical Examiners Office contacted the Williams County Sheriff’s Office to report that the unidentified body found north of Williston on October 28, 2022 has been confirmed as 51-year-old Leonard Higdon. Dental records were used for the positive identification of Higdon. Manner of death has been ruled as a suicide. No additional updates will be provided.



October 31, 2022

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Williams County Deputies respond to unattended body

WILLISTON, N.D. (October 31, 2022) – On October 28, 2022, at approximately 2:40 pm, Williams County Deputies responded to an area north of Williston in reference to an unattended body in a field. Deputies conducted a preliminary investigation and found a male subject who appeared to be deceased.

Williams County Detectives responded to the scene and conducted a follow-up investigation. During this investigation, detectives determined that the clothing and body markings of the individual found in the area potentially matched that of Leonard Higdon, who had previously been a suspect in an attempted murder investigation in the City of Williston.

The male subject’s body has been transported to the North Dakota Medical Examiners office for an autopsy to determine positive identification and manner of death. The case continues to be under investigation by the Williams County Sheriff’s Office. An update will be provided once the identity is concerned.



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