The Julianne Stallman killing is not the only local unsolved murder. A few other cases remain cold but open.

“They’re all active. They’re never closed,” Sheriff Ed Lester said.

Gunshot death

In December 1996, a 67-year-old woman believed to be chasing after the thief who stole her purse was shot and killed.

A witness heard the shot and saw Young Sun Chung fall but didn’t see the gunman, according to police reports. She suffered a gunshot wound to the chest. Chung died instantly off of Dewey Boulevard behind Bob Ward & Sons Sporting Goods.

No suspects have been named.

“They’re cold but they’re still being worked,” Lester said.


Detectives continue to revisit another case from 1965. Someone beat and then shot to death a Butte woman and her daughter. The murders of 51-year-old Marjorie McQuiston and her 26-year-old daughter, Nancy, occurred on April 9, 1965.

After shooting the women, the killer used the daughter’s car to take the bodies to a field near Big Butte. Investigators located the bodies and the abandoned vehicle a few days later.

The suspected weapon was Nancy’s .22-caliber automatic pistol found in their home on the 900 block of 17th Street.


One of the grizzliest unsolved crimes is also the most recent.

Police continue to ponder the case of the severed legs found north of Butte. The legs — no other adjoining body parts — were located by hikers off of a rural road on June 26, 2012.

Investigators continue to search not only for the rest of the body but for the back story on how the legs ended up in a bag off of Moulton Reservoir Road.

No DNA matches have been made. No potential witnesses have surfaced.

What police do know is the legs appear to have belonged to a white male and were severed clean just below the groin. Swatches of fabric from pants remained on the legs, in addition to socks and shoes.

With all of these cases, investigators encourage citizens to call with potential leads. Lester said the case-solving tip may be something that might not have seemed like much at the time.

Anyone with information is urged to call police at 406-497-1120.

“Maybe it’s something we don’t know about. That’s how cases get solved,” Lester said.

— Angela Brandt, Montana Standard

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