At about 10:30 on Thursday morning a resident of the Linda Vista Apartments contacted 9-1-1 to report a female body lying on the ground outside of of the apartments.

Missoula County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Brenda Bassett said deputies arrived on the scene a short time later.

"The detectives are on scene right now," Bassett said at about 1:30 p.m. "They've secured the scene and they're just beginning their investigation into the cause of death. Our coroner just arrived on scene about 20 minutes ago, so we'll know a lot more once they are able to begin their investigation, and hopefully be able to wrap it up today."

The age and identity of the woman have not yet been released. Her body was transported to the medical examiner's office at about 2:30 p.m.