Reported Kidnapping

(Gallatin County, Mont.)

At 3:57 p.m. today, the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, Bozeman Police Department, Belgrade Police Department and the Montana Highway Patrol responded to a report of an attempted kidnapping and homicide-in-progress. The call originated near Moffit Gulch Road and I-90.  The suspect vehicle was reported to be traveling westbound on I-90 traveling up to 120 miles per hour.  The suspect vehicle was stopped on I-90 near mile marker 304 where both directions of travel on I-90 were briefly closed.  Law enforcement was able to detain the suspects without further incident.  One adult female was transported by American Medical Response to Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.  All suspects are in-custody at this time and there is no threat to the public.  As this is an active investigation, additional details are not available at this time.#####


Man Killed in Avalanche Identified

2/15/21 9:50 A.M.

(Gallatin County, Mont)

The Gallatin County Coroners Office was contacted by Bozeman Health Sunday evening. The individual who was injured in an avalanche earlier in the day succumbed to his injuries and passed away. He is identified as 45 year old, Bozeman resident Craig Kitto. ####


Bridger Ridge Search

(Gallatin County, Mont.)

Sheriff’s Search and Rescue was dispatched Saturday night at 10:45 for an overdue 34 year old Gallatin County Man hiking from Fairy Lake to the M.  He and his father started this morning and were separated when dad decided the hike was more that he could do.  He waited at the M trail head then contacted the Sheriff’s Office.  Sheriff Gootkin stated it is not uncommon for people to underestimate the amount of time and effort that hike can require.  In this case we used a Life Flight Helicopter to search the ridge and had ground searchers ready to start the hike.  Fortunately a Deputy found the man on the Fairy Lake Road and made sure he made it out.  He added that SAR volunteers would rather get an early start and cancel than get the call late and be that much further behind.


Sheriff’s Office Searching for Man involved in Shooting near West Yellowstone

(West Yellowstone, Mont.)

On August 8, at approximately 4:27 pm the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office received a report of people being shot at in the Whiskey Bay area North of West Yellowstone.  The victims reported the suspect pointed the gun at them, then shot multiple rounds from a handgun into the ground.  There are eight agencies with over 40 personnel on scene looking for a white male, late 30’s or early 40’s, last scene driving a silver Toyota pickup with Texas plates and a silver topper.  If you see a vehicle matching this description do not attempt to make contact and call 911 immediately.  This person is considered armed and dangerous.  We do not have the suspect identified at this time but will update everyone as we confirm information.

Sheriff Brian Gootkin

Sheriff’s Search and Rescue looking for Bozeman Man

(West Yellowstone, Mont.)  Searchers from Sheriff’s SAR have been looking for 69 year old David Cole of Bozeman since Saturday evening.  He was last reported in the area of Tepee Creek,10 miles north of West Yellowstone.  Searchers found his vehicle stuck and running on the Tepee Cr. Road.  Cole could be wearing a blue/black plaid shirt and jeans and suffers from dementia.  Saturday night volunteers searched the area on foot and ATVs.  Helicopters from Life Flight Network and Two Bear Air from the Flathead County Sheriff’s Office also worked until early in Sunday morning.  Sunday 4 dog teams were in the area with foot searchers standing by.  It is possible that Mr. Cole could have abandoned his car and walked out to the highway and was given a ride.  Anyone with information can contact the West Yellowstone Police Department at 406-646-7600.

David Cole

Sheriff/Coroner Identifies man who died in Big Sky

May 18, 2020

On Tuesday May 12, 2020, at 11:15AM, 68 year old Big Sky resident David Green was found deceased inside his garage. 

The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office along with the Chief Deputy Coroner are currently investigating the death. During the investigation Sean Patrick Murphy was arrested for Misdemeanor Obstructing a Peace Officer and has since posted bond.  The Medical Examiner’s office conducted an autopsy and we are awaiting their report.

We have been asked if there is a concern for the public’s safety, which there is not.  If there was concern that would be our first priority.

The family of Mr. Green requests that they be allowed to grieve their loss in peace and not be bothered during this difficult time.