(Bozeman, Mont.) On October 21, 2013, at 6:51 pm, the Search and Rescue group of the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a possible injured hiker between Hardscrabble Peak and Sacajawea Peak in the Bridger Mountains. 34 Search and Rescue volunteers responded along with Summit Air Ambulance to assist in locating the hiker. The hiker from Bozeman was with two friends. The first reports of an injury were inaccurate due to poor communication; the three males made their way off the west side of the Bridger’s where they were spotted by Summit Air. The three males, with help from Summit, were able to make their way down to the Corbly Gulch Trailhead, where they were met by Gallatin County Sheriff’s Deputies.

            Sheriff Gootkin wants to remind back country enthusiasts of the changing weather conditions this time of year. Be prepared for weather and have the gear with you in case you get caught out over night.

Sheriff Search and Rescue Locate Hidden Crash in Hyalite


On Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 6:40 a.m. Gallatin County 911 received a report of a single vehicle accident with injuries in the Moser Creek Road area of Hyalite. The initial report indicated the truck had rolled some distance down a hill and the driver had left the scene. The area is large and contains dozens of unmarked roads.

Sheriff’s Search & Rescue personnel, along with Montana Highway Patrol, Sourdough Fire, AMR and deputies responded. The caller had cell phone service and reported one of the passengers was not doing well. He wasn’t sure exactly where they were, but said his lights still worked and he would honk his horn if he heard rescuers.

Members of Search & Rescue with medical personnel were able to locate the truck and occupants approximately one hour after beginning their search. One male passenger, in his early 20’s, appeared to have internal injuries and was airlifted from the scene by Summit Air ambulance.

Once the injured man was airlifted, rescuers began to organize a search for the driver, who had reportedly walked downhill from the scene into the forest. Law enforcement interviewed the two remaining persons and subsequently learned the missing driver didn’t exist.

Both subjects were cited for providing false information to authorities. Alcohol appeared to have been a factor in the incident. Montana Highway Patrol continues to investigate the crash.

Porcupine Trailhead Rescue


  On Tuesday, October, 2013, at approximately 5:42 p.m., the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, Big Sky Search and Rescue, and the Big Sky Fire Department responded to an incident that occurred approximately 1.5 miles east of the Porcupine Trailhead. A 37 year-old female sustained a shoulder injury when she fell from the horse she was riding. Rescue personnel were able to transport the injured female to the Porcupine Trailhead where she was transferred to the waiting ambulance and transported to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital.

  The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind everyone to make sure they have proper safety equipment including suitable clothing, and first aid kits when enjoying Montana’s scenic by-ways.  A relatively simple trip can easily turn into something much more without the proper equipment and the knowledge of how to use it.

Traffic Fatalities Identified


  On October 6, 2013, at approximately 10:50PM, the Gallatin County Sheriff`s Office located a two-vehicle crash on Norris Road, just west of the Churchill intersection.  The male driver of one vehicle, and the female driver of the other, both succumbed to injuries as a result of the crash and were declared deceased on scene.  They were the sole occupants of their respective vehicles. 

   The male driver was identified as 54-year-old William Oldroyd of West Yellowstone.  The female driver was identified as 24-year-old Jada Krusniak of Big Sky. 

   The crash is under investigation by the Montana Highway Patrol.

Scam Alert


The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office has been made aware of a recent string of scams that have occurred locally.  Scammers are calling local residents from a 406 area code and identifying themselves as law enforcement officers from various agencies, specifically the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office.  They advise the victims that they have missed jury duty, and are subject to arrest if they do not pay related fines.  This is a scam. Do not send any money or give out any personal information.

Pedestrian Fatality Identified


  On 27 September 2013, Stanley A. Skovronski, a 49 year old male died from wounds sustained when he was struck by a vehicle just before 8:00 am.  Skovronski was transported to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.  Montana Highway Patrol is investigating the details of the accident.