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Man on probation in Billings arrested for murder of Anaconda woman

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ANACONDA – A 64-year-old Anaconda woman was found murdered in her home Tuesday and Butte police have a Billings man in custody.

Anaconda Police Chief Tim Barkell said officers found Shelley Schafer dead from wounds to the head in her residence, a duplex at 709 E. Park Street, at about 1:50 p.m. Tuesday.

On Wednesday morning Butte police arrested Troy Johnson, 53, in connection with the woman's murder.

Investigators believe Schafer was hit with a blunt object at least two times in the head. The woman's vehicle, credit cards, cash and some jewelry were missing.

Johnson, who is from Billings, is believed to have been living in the duplex owned by the woman's family without permission at the time of the murder, Barkell said.

Butte police were involved in a vehicle pursuit with Johnson about 3 a.m. Wednesday morning.

During the pursuit, Johnson crashed the vehicle at Holmes Avenue and Hansen Road and ran away. Police captured him a few hours later and he remains in custody.

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