ATV Fatality Accident

On Wednesday, September 28th, 2016, at approximately 8:06 p.m., the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office responded to a location near 27901 Norris Road where one of the residents had been involved in an ATV accident.

Upon arriving on scene deputies found that 16 year-old Nicholas Ryan Dooley from Bozeman, MT had been operating an ATV on private property when he was involved in an accident. Nicholas Dooley, who was not wearing a helmet, was pronounced deceased on the scene from head injuries sustained in the accident.  The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office Detective Division is conducting an investigation at this time.

Missing Man Located

On Monday, September 26th, around 1:15 am, the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a missing 26 year-old developmentally disabled male.  Deputies immediately began searching an area south of Amsterdam Road.  They began searching this area outside of Belgrade based on information gained from the man’s cell phone.  Deputies were joined by the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue as well.  The search efforts included an aerial search with the assistance of Central Helicopters.

The Air Force Rescue Coordination Center was able to provide searchers more detailed information from the man’s cell phone that helped narrow down the search area.  At approximately 11:30 pm searchers located the male,  who was unfortunately found deceased.  The cause of death and the man’s identity is not being released pending notification of the man’s family.  However, the Sheriff would like citizens to know there is no threat to public safety related to this case.

Updated: Belgrade Man Found Dead in Hyalite Canyon. 

Friday at 9:00 A.M. Gallatin County Sheriff’s Deputies and Search and Rescue personnel conducted a canine search in Hyalite for a missing 27-year-old Belgrade man. At 1:45 P.M. on the same day, the man was located deceased near the Hyalite creek bridge. He is being transported to the Montana State Crime Laboratory for an autopsy. The name is not being released until family has been notified.

Sheriff Gootkin states the cause and manner of death is being  investigated by Sheriff’s Deputy Coroners. “The investigation is ongoing but at this time it appears related to exposure and there is no threat to the public.”

Woman Killed in ATV Crash Near Big Sky

On Monday, September 19, 2016, at 12:05 p.m., Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence located off of Mountain Meadows Lane in Big Sky where one of the residents had been involved in an ATV crash.
69-year-old Helene Antonini from Barrington Illinois, was operating her ATV on her property along a narrow logging road when she struck some rocks and was thrown from the ATV. 
Deputies from the Sheriff’s/ Corerner’s Office responded to the scene and conducted the investigation. Helene Antonini, who was not wearing a helmet, was pronounced deceased on the scene from injuries sustained after striking a large rock with her head.

State Search and Rescue Rendezvous

img_0248.jpg(Bozeman, Mont.) The annual Search and Rescue Rendezvous will be held in Bozeman at the fairgrounds this Friday and Saturday.  It is an annual gathering of volunteer rescuers from across the state.  Training is provided from various subject matter experts.  This years classes include; Man Tracking, Lost Person Behavior, GPS Navigation, Low Angle Rescue, Alzheimer’s and Dementia Searches, Avalanche Science, K-9 scent exposure, Risk Management and others.

Search and Rescue in Montana, as with most western states, is under the control of the county sheriff and performed by mostly volunteer rescuers.

There will be public access on Saturday – see below.

Search and Rescue Show and Tell – If you have ever wondered about the equipment Search and Rescue uses to find people in the backcountry or get injured people from the mountains to the hospital, this is your chance. Search and Rescue vehicles and equipment will be available for visitors on Saturday, September 17, 1-5 pm, in Building 2 at the fairgrounds. Come meet the Gallatin County Command Vehicle, rescue helicopters, tracked ATVs, special stretchers for coming down steep mountains, and fast boats for water rescues. Free, sponsored by Gallatin County Search and Rescue and the Gallatin County Public Safety Foundation.



California Man Dies while Hiking near Big Sky

img_0248.jpg(Big Sky, Mont.)

Thursday at 3:43 P.M. the Gallatin County 911 Center received a report of a 63-year-old man down on the Hidden Lakes Trail in the Portal Creek area north of Big Sky.  Bruce Halperin, a physician from San Francisco, CA was hiking with his spouse when he collapsed and became unconscious.  Another couple, one of which was a physician from Texas  was hiking the same trail and witnessed Mr. Halperin collapse.  CPR was started but was unsuccessful. With no cellphone service in the area the Texas couple walked out to Big Sky to call 911. Members of Sheriff’s Search & Rescue at Big Sky and a Sheriff’s Deputy Coroner  were able to respond directly to the patient because of GPS coordinates provided by the Texas Doctor.  Mr. Halperin was taken to Bozeman by the Coroner while Search & Rescue members assisted his wife.

The Sheriff would like to remind everyone recreating in the back country that it’s important to have the proper equipment with you to be safe and assist you with returning from your adventures. Always try and venture with others and let family and friends know where you are going and an estimated time of when you will return.

Sheriff Asks for Help in Identifying Suspect

img_0248.jpgThe Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office needs help in identifying the subject in the attached video. The subject was involved in the theft of a bow from Big Sky Archery in July 2016. If anyone recognizes the subject please contact the Sheriff’s Office at 406-582-2121 or after regular business hours 406-582-2100 ex. 2 .   If the video does not work on your mobile device go to


Fatality Victim Identified

On September 1, 2016, at approximately 10:30PM, the Gallatin County Sheriff`s Office received a call from the Bozeman Police Department requesting that a Coroner respond to a single-vehicle crash on East Main Street at the I-90 overpass.  A 17-year-old male identified as Joseph Carnefix, was the apparent passenger in the car that collided with the median-divider guard rail and did not survive.