Headwaters Search Update Thursday 6:00 P.M.


(Gallatin County, Mont.) The search for the 8 year old girl lost in the river ended it’s forth full day Thursday.  Searchers from Gallatin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue assisted by a Park County Sheriff’s boat and the Highway Patrol helicopter was unsuccessful despite the addition of 7 dog teams on the river.  (Unconfirmed local sources say the stretch of river between the confluence of the Jefferson and Madison to the confluence of the Gallatin was named the Sacajawea.)  Sheriff Gootkin stated “We have everything we need and are ready to find her, all we need is for the river to cooperate a little.” The search will continue tomorrow.  Photographs and video courtesy of the Sheriff’s Office.  #####

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Headwaters Search Update


(Gallatin County, Mont.)  Tuesday’s search included 4 dog teams, 2 helicopters, 12 ground searchers, 4 divers and 4 boats.  Assisting were searchers from Flathead, Madison and Lewis and Clark Counties.  Today’s effort will have 3 boats with divers, side scan sonar and underwater cameras.  2 Helicopters and several ground searchers will be working the area.  Park County and MHP are assisting with the effort today.  The family has expressed appreciation for all the support but today requests no visitors at the site.


Search Continues for Missing 8 year old


(Gallatin County, Mont.) 48 Searches worked to locate the 8 year old girl that went into the headwaters of the Missouri River Sunday evening.  Sheriff’s Search managers concentrated on the area last seen as well as possible locations downstream.  Today’s effort included 4 boats with underwater cameras, 3 kayaks, ground searchers, dogs, 2 helicopters and a fixed wing airplane.  Search and Rescue Divers are also on the scene.  Most all the Rescuers are volunteer and members of Sheriff’s Search and Rescue units.  Sheriff Gootkin said “As the day progresses the light strikes the water at different angles and provides a completely different view than hours before.”  The scene is located near the confluence of the Jefferson and Madison Rivers which creates some challenges to searchers.  Strong currents create swirling pockets with large holes.  Local land owners report some of the holes to be in excess of 30 feet deep.  Searches report visibility from the air to vary between 1 and 5 feet.  Sheriff Gootkin stated “We are all frustrated that we can’t just go out and find her but rivers are tough.  There are many hazards that are not visible from the surface including trees, wire, rocks and strong currents. The power of the current is also very easy to underestimate from the surface.  Imagine being blind folded and pushed around randomly then trying to find a small item in a big room.  We could be a foot away and not locate her.”  He continues, “We are committed to doing everything we can plus some extra to bring this to a conclusion for the family.  Resources from as far away as Flathead County including Madison and Lewis and Clark Counties, Customs and Border Protection, Highway Patrol, Civil Air Patrol, Highway Department, AMR Ambulance and local volunteers are lending assistance.  It has been great to also receive community support for the effort and the family.” Plans are in place to continue the effort tomorrow if necessary.  Photographs courtesy of the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office.



Telephone Scam

  The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office has received a number of complaints from citizens regarding a scam that is occurring within Gallatin County. The caller informs the person who answers that they have criminal charges pending and to send money for these charges to be stopped. The Caller ID indicates the phone number is 406-582-2125. Although this number is the number to the Sheriff’s Office, it is a scam. These phone calls are not originating from our office. Please do not respond to their requests.  Undersheriff Dan Springer 615 S. 16th Ave. Bozeman, MT. 59715 (406) 582-2125 (w) (406) 539-4096 (c)

Headwaters Search


At approximately 7:30 PM on Sunday, April 19, 2015, the Gallatin County 911 Center was called and advised that an 8-year-old girl had fallen into the river while playing at the Headwaters State Park.  The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, Gallatin County Search and Rescue, MHP and Summit Air and multiple EMS agencies (approximately 50 personnel) were activated and began seaching for the missing girl.  Efforts were downgraded after dark., but Sheriff’s personnel will be on scene throughout the night  The search will resume at full force at first light.

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Vehicle Versus Pedestrian Hit and Run


On April 17, 2015 at approximately 5:50 pm, Belgrade Police Officers responded to a reported collision between a vehicle and a pedestrian. The crash occurred on private property, on a vacant lot near the intersection of Jackrabbit Lane and Happy Lane. The incident occurred following some sort of a verbal altercation between the driver and pedestrian.  The pedestrian was treated at Bozeman Deaconess Hospital for minor injuries.  The driver of the vehicle fled the crash site in his vehicle.  He is described as a Caucasian male in his early 30’s, with short blond or light brown hair and several tattoos on his arm.  He was said to be wearing small round glasses, though the victim could not articulate whether they were prescription glasses or sunglasses.  The vehicle is described as a black Ford Ranger, possibly early 2000’s model and in good condition, with aluminum wheels and a loud exhaust.  The vehicle may also have a spray-in style bed liner.  Anyone with information is urged to contact the Belgrade Police Department at 406-388-4262.

Det. Sgt. Dustin Lensing

Belgrade Police Department



Bozeman Man Killed During Avalanche


(Big Sky, Mont.) Sheriff and Coroner Brian Gootkin reports that Saturday at 1:30 P.M., Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Units at Big Sky were dispatched to an Avalanche Rescue near the Hanging Garden on Beehive Peak North of Big Sky.  Witness reports indicate that just before noon, 28 year old Jens Hagen Anderson of Bozeman was skiing with three others.  Anderson was the first to ski a run and triggered a small avalanche that swept him over a rock face.  Preliminary investigation indicates that Anderson died at the scene as the result of injuries sustained from the fall.  A member of the party made a long climb to a ridge top in order to make a cell phone call to 911.   Using Central Helicopters, rescuers were able to find a short window in the weather to access the site and evacuate Mr. Anderson before wind and snow closed in.  Sheriff’s investigators and the Gallatin Avalanche Center will continue the investigation Sunday.  Photographs courtesy of the Sheriff’s Office.


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Montana Law Enforcement Torch Run 2015

Montana Law Enforcement Torch Run®

Press Release


For Immediate Release                                                                                                  Contact:  Sergeant Jeremy Kopp 582-2100

Law Enforcement Carry the Torch for Special Olympics Montana

Montana Law Enforcement Officers and their friends have hit the streets, highways and byways of Montana.  In addition to fulfilling their duties of enforcing speed limits, maintaining order and keeping our state safe, they are fulfilling another type of duty. They are carrying the torch for Special Olympics Montana.

Hundreds will carry the Flame of Hope 2,000 miles to the State Summer Games Opening Ceremonies in Missoula.  The arrival of the Torch Run on Tuesday May 19th, 2015 and the Final Leg and lighting of the cauldron on Wednesday May 20th, 2015 will officially begin the games.

Lt. Jack Allen (Great Falls Police Department) the statewide Law Enforcement Torch Run Director stated, “The athlete’s work is inspiring for us and we see it as an honor to help raise awareness and support for Special Olympics Montana.”

The Torch Run has made stops in numerous towns throughout the state including Scobey, Medicine Lake, Kalispell, Billings, Glasgow, Malta, Butte, Boulder, Anaconda, Cut Bank, Havre and Lewistown.  The torch will be arriving in Bozeman on Tuesday May 12th, 2015.

Several law enforcement agencies are participating in the run through Bozeman including the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, Gallatin County Detention Center, Bozeman PD, Belgrade PD, Three Forks PD and Montana Highway Patrol.

“Once our officers get involved they are hooked,” said Allen. “It’s a mutually satisfying experience where we create special relationships that are genuine and long-term.”

The Torch Run in Montana began in 1985. Each year, local Montana Law Enforcement Officers raise several thousand dollars for Special Olympics Montana athletes.  In 2008, the Montana LETR raised over $350,000 for local athletes and was awarded 4th highest per capita in the world.

Please join us and cheer on our runners and bicyclists this year as we welcome the Torch Run to Gallatin County on Tuesday May 12th, 2015.

Timeline for the torch’s travel through Gallatin County:

Leg 1 – Biking Leg from top of the Bozeman pass to Lindley park – 12 miles – 8:40 – 9:20

Leg 2 – Running Leg through Bozeman (Lindley Park to City Brew N. 19th Ave) – 3.9 miles – 9:30 – 10:10

Leg 3 – Running Leg from N. 19th Ave. City Brew to Belgrade Lee & Dad’s – 7.5 mile – 10:20 – 11:40

Leg 4 – Running Leg through Belgrade (Lee & Dad’s loop through town) – 2.0 miles – 11:50 – 12:10

Leg 5 – Biking Leg from Belgrade (Lee & Dad’s) to Manhattan (Thriftway) – 10.0 miles – 12:20 – 1:40

Leg 6 – Running Leg through Manhattan – 1.0 mile – 1:50 – 2:00

Leg 7 – Biking Leg Manhattan (Thirftway) to Three Forks (Frontage & Talc Rd.) – 10.5 miles – 2:10 – 3:00

Leg 8 – Running Leg through Three Forks to David’s Memorial – Distance: 3.0 miles – 3:10 – 3:40

**All times are approximate**

Belgrade School Bus Crash

On Monday, April 6, 2015 at approximately 3:55pm, Belgrade Police Officers, as well as personnel from the Belgrade City/Central Valley Fire District and American Medical Response, responded to a report of a pickup versus School Bus crash at the intersection of Broadway and Central Avenue. Five children were treated for minor injuries and released, while the remaining 17 riders were uninjured. Neither the bus driver, nor the adult driver of the other vehicle, were injured. The incident remains under investigation.

'On Monday, April 6, 2015 at approximately 3:55pm, Belgrade Police Officers and personnel from the Belgrade City/Central Valley Fire District responded to a report of a pickup versus School Bus crash at the intersection of Broadway and Central Avenue.  Five Children were treated for minor injuries and released, while the remaining 17 riders were uninjured. Neither the bus driver, nor the adult driver of the other vehicle, were injured.  The incident remains under investigation.'