HELENA, Mont. -- Police discovered a 3-year-old boy's body off a roadway in southwestern Montana on Tuesday, a day after arresting a Washington state man who was washing blood off his clothes and body in a convenience store restroom, authorities said.
Jeremy Brent Cramer, 38, of Lacey, Wash., was being held on a disorderly conduct charge while police are investigating the boy's death, Anaconda-Deer Lodge County Attorney Ben Krakowka said. Additional charges may be filed as the investigation progresses, authorities said.
Cramer may have been involved in a custodial dispute over his son and took the boy from Lacey, according to a statement from the Montana Department of Justice.
A convenience store clerk called police Monday at about 10:30 p.m. after finding Cramer washing blood off himself in the restroom.
Investigators found Cramer's vehicle on a roadway in a rural area about 5 miles southeast of Anaconda. An initial search turned up no sign of the boy Monday night, but the boy's body was found after the search resumed at daybreak.
The man's wife, the mother of the boy, called police Monday to say her family could not be reached.
She told detectives her husband was not answering his phone and according to bank records he had used a bank card at a gas station in Moses Lake.
According to police the woman did not think her son was in any danger, so Lacey police did not initiate an Amber Alert. She told police the couple had been arguing recently about finances and taking a trip to the east coast.
A cause of death has not yet been determined and the boy's name has not been released pending notification of his family, Krakowka said.
He declined to provide more details about where the boy was found or the custodial dispute.
We don't want to compromise our investigation until we feel that we've found out everything we can, Krakowka said.
Cramer was being held in the Anaconda-Deer Lodge County jail on a disorderly conduct charge for having his pants off in the restroom, Krakowka said.
Agents with the state Division of Criminal Investigation are assisting Anaconda-Deer Lodge Law Enforcement in the investigation.