Laurel woman’s suspected murderer arrested

Diego Hernandez jailed Tuesday
By: 
KATHLEEN GILLULY
Outlook editor
Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Diego Thomas Hernandez

Diego Thomas Hernandez

Lori Bray

Lori Bray

Diego Thomas Hernandez, 22, of Laurel, was arrested Tuesday evening at 8 p.m. at his residence by Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Deputies on a charge of homicide and transported to the Yellowstone County Detention Facility for the murder of Lori Bray, according to information from Sheriff Mike Linder. 

The body of Bray, a Laurel woman who went missing at the end of her shift at Cedar Ridge Casino early on the morning of Tuesday, Oct. 1, was found last Wednesday evening. According to a press release from Sheriff Linder, her death was determined to be murder by Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Office homicide and detective personnel. 

Bray was last seen on video surveillance leaving work at about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday morning. Her car was later found north of the cemetery on Buffalo Trail Rd. 

A search party was organized by Bray’s friend, and manager of the casino, Cathy Culp, on Wednesday morning. The group of volunteers searched extensively in the area where Bray’s vehicle was found. Her body was later discovered in the brush off of Yard Office Road by a man riding an ATV. Her body was recovered Thursday morning and her identity was confirmed after an autopsy last Friday.

YCSO is not releasing any other information about the crime, including cause of death, at this time.

Bray’s obituary is in today’s edition of the Outlook. Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 11 at the Smith Laurel Chapel, 315 East Third St. in Laurel. The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday Oct. 12, at First Baptist Church in Laurel at 400 Seventh Ave. with a reception to follow. 

The Outlook’s website will be updated as information becomes available.

 

Related Links

Laurel woman missing: https://www.laureloutlook.com/content/laurel-woman-missing

Body discovered off Yard Office Rd.: https://www.laureloutlook.com/content/body-discovered-yard-office-rd

Obituary of Lori (Siemsen) Bray: https://www.laureloutlook.com/content/lori-siemsen-bray

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