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Published January 26, 2012, 10:48 AM

Body found on Hi-Line ID'd as Florida man

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Authorities said Wednesday they were investigating whether foul play was involved in the death of a North Dakota oil field worker whose body was found last week along Montana's Hi-Line.

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Authorities said Wednesday they were investigating whether foul play was involved in the death of a North Dakota oil field worker whose body was found last week along Montana's Hi-Line.

Roosevelt County Sheriff Freedom Crawford identified the man as Brian Doyle, 49, of Florida. Doyle's hometown was not released.

Crawford said that until about two weeks ago, Doyle was working for an oil field maintenance company in North Dakota, where an oil boom in recent years has attracted workers from across the country.

His body was found Friday in a ditch along U.S. Highway 2 near Bainville, a small community near the North Dakota border.

An autopsy has been completed, but Crawford declined to release a cause of death, citing the investigation.

Four agents from the Department of Justice's Division of Criminal Investigation were assisting in the case, said agency spokeswoman Judy Beck. She declined to give any details of what the agents have found so far.

An FBI spokeswoman said there is no connection between Doyle's death and the alleged kidnapping earlier this month of Sidney math teacher Sherry Arnold, who remains missing but is presumed dead. Sidney is about 30 miles south of Bainville, and one of the suspects being held on aggravated kidnapping charges in Arnold's case, Lester Waters, lived in Florida for most of his life.

Authorities have set up a website for any tips or information on Doyle's death. Information also can be reported to Crime Stoppers in Roosevelt County at 406-653-2811.

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