UPDATE– NOVEMBER 1, 2022, 2:10 P.M.

The North Dakota Medical Examiner’s Office has contacted the Williams County Sherrif’s Office to report that the unidentified body has been confirmed to be that of 51-year-old Leonard Higdon through dental records. The manner of death has been ruled as suicide.


WILLISTON, ND (KXNET) — A body reported north of Williston Friday may be related to an attempted murder case in the city in late September.

On October 28, Williams County Sheriff’s deputies responded to reports of a body in a field. A preliminary investigation identified the deceased person as a male.

Williams County detectives also responded to the scene and, during their investigation, determined that the clothing and body markings of the individual found in the area potentially matched that of Leonard Higdon Jr, who had previously been a suspect in a September 29 attempted murder investigation in the city of Williston. At the time, Higdon fled the scene of what was first described as a domestic violence incident involving two female victims.

The body has been transported to the North Dakota Medical Examiners office for an autopsy to make a positive identification and identify the manner of death.

The investigation is continuing by the Williams County Sheriff’s Office and no other details have been released.

This is a developing story. Check back for the latest updates.