CODY — The main suspect in the Sunday night slaying of a 34-year-old woman remained at large Monday, prompting investigators to reach out to law enforcement agencies from Billings, Mont., to Riverton.
Cody Police Chief Perry Rockvam said Myron Friday, 28, had emerged as the primary suspect in the death of 34-year-old Julie Friday, his wife.
“We definitely know the cause of death was trauma,” Rockvam said in a media conference Monday. “But at this point, we don’t know the exact cause. Our primary suspect in this case is still at large. It’s still a very active and ongoing investigation.”
Rockvam said the woman’s body was removed Monday from the couple’s residence at 208 33rd St. in Cody. An autopsy will be conducted in Billings to determine the exact cause of death.
Rockvam said police received the 911 call reporting an unresponsive, bleeding female just after 11 p.m. Sunday. The woman’s body had been discovered in the home by her 17-year-old son.
“After police secured the scene, they made contact with the family member who discovered the body inside the residence,” Rockvam said. “It was shortly after that the female was pronounced dead at the scene.”
Rockvam said the Wyoming State Crime Lab was contacted Sunday night. A search warrant was issued for the residence and investigators continued Monday to process the crime scene.
Cody police officers also went through the neighborhood Monday morning, searching dumpsters and talking with residents. Police tape surrounded the couple’s blue trailer, located near the end of a dead-end street on Cody’s east end.
Rockvam said Friday was last seen at the residence before the incident. He described Friday as a man prone to aggression who has had several run-ins with police related to domestic violence.
The photo released by authorities to help the public identify Friday was taken less than two weeks ago, when he was booked into the Park County Detention Facility after his arrest in Riverton on outstanding warrants.
“He does have a violent past, primarily due to domestic violence,” Rockvam said. “We do know he left the scene on foot, but we don’t know if he’s had any contact with anyone else. He was last seen at the residence prior to the incident.”
Rockvam said investigators have been in contact with law enforcement agencies in Billings, Powell and Riverton, along with the Park and Fremont county sheriff’s offices.
Park County Search and Rescue also sent up an aircraft Monday to scout areas where Friday may have gone. He left on foot, Rockvam said, but it was unknown if he had found other means to leave the area.
“We’ve had tips he’s in Billings ... and we’ve had tips he’s in Riverton,” Rockvam said. “We believe, at this point, there’s still the possibility he may be in Cody.”
Friday was last seen wearing a dark jacket, baggy pants and a blue shirt. He’s 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighs 225 pounds. He has several tattoos, including three dots near his right eye and “mi vida loca” in script around his neck.
Lloyd Anderson, who lives across the street from the Fridays, said all was quiet in the neighborhood late Sunday night. But around midnight, he said, he noticed police cars arriving at the residence.
Anderson said Julie Friday was the mother of several teenage children. Anderson said he shared his Thanksgiving meal extras with her and spoke to her whenever she needed her tires inflated or her car jump-started on a cold day.
Rockvam urged the public to contact authorities if they see Friday and not attempt to approach him.
“There’s a possibility that he could be armed, but we don’t know that,” Rockvam said. “We know he has access to weapons, but we don’t know if he has those with him.
“We understand this is a difficult time for Julie’s family,” Rockvam added. “We’re definitely thinking of the family, and we’ve been in contact with the family.”
Police can be reached at 307-527-8700.