Big Horn County woman missing

Billings, Montana (AP) 7-09

A 41-year-old Big Horn County woman has been reported missing.

The sheriff’s office says Crystal Williamson, who also goes by Crystal Littlelight, was last seen June 30 when she left her mother’s house to go swimming with friends in the Little Bighorn River.

Her mother filed a missing person’s report on July 2.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs used a helicopter to search for Williamson over the July 4th weekend, said assistant special agent Elizabeth Hull.

Williamson is a 41-year-old Native American who is 5 feet, 6 inches tall, weighs about 160 pounds and has hazel eyes and light brown shoulder-length hair. She was last seen wearing a dark gray T-shirt, cutoff jean shorts and no shoes.  
Hardin, Montana (AP) 5-09

Relatives of a missing Crow Agency family are raising money to offer a reward for information leading to their whereabouts.

Teddy Little Light, 30, his wife Juliet Toineeta Little Light, 28, and their 3-month-old son, Wyatt, were last seen in December 2008.

The reward fund, established at Wells Fargo bank in Billings, contains about $1,200 gathered from family members.

“We’re trying to get some closure on the missing family and we fully intend on doing that,” Crow Tribal Chairman Cedric Black Eagle, who is related to both Teddy and Juliet, said Tuesday. “Somebody knows something. The more info we have, the more info we can give to help search for the family.”   Amica Morning, Juliet’s cousin, said several fundraisers are planned this month, including a May 17 fishing derby at Fort Smith and a basketball tournament from May 18-23 at Crow Agency. Morning says family members will also be donating a portion of their paychecks each month.

The Little Light family was last seen on Dec. 23 when Teddy Little Light dropped his son, Teddy Jr., at his mother’s house in Crow Agency. They were reported missing on Jan. 3 when Juliet failed to attend her grandmother’s funeral.

Their pickup was found on Jan. 5 near Fort Smith. An aerial search of the area five days later turned up nothing.

Matthew Pryor, special agent in charge of the Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Justice Services, said law enforcement officials soon hope to conduct an extensive ground search of the area where the pickup was found.

He said he’s keeping an optimistic attitude that the family will be found alive.

“I’m always going to think that because I don’t have anything that tells me different,” Pryor said. “That’s why we’re still running down leads. We’re going where the evidence takes us.”      

Woman’s body found south of Farmington

Farmington, New Mexico (AP) 4-09

The body of a woman has been found in a rugged area south of Farmington, and San Juan County authorities are awaiting a positive identification to determine whether it might be a woman who has been missing for three weeks.

The body was found during mid-April in an area known as the bluffs.

Authorities say family members and friends had been searching for Kayla Begaye near where some of her personal belonging were found earlier. The body was found less than a mile from Begaye’s belongings.

The investigation determined that the body was that of an American Indian female meeting Begaye’s description.

Begaye was last seen on March 29.

A positive identification is pending an autopsy scheduled for Friday in Albuquerque.        

Body of missing Wolf Point teen found near Poplar

Poplar, Montana (AP) 4-09

The body of a missing Wolf Point High School student has been found near Poplar.

Jose Figueroa, public safety director for the Fort Peck Tribe, says 17-year-old Desmond Clark was found dead the afternoon of April 12. No information has been released about how Clark died.

The search began April 12 and focused on an area five miles southeast of Poplar that is filled with brush, trees and alfalfa fields. Family members said Clark attended an outdoor party with other teenagers near the Missouri River on April 11 and left after fighting with another male.        

Poplar man missing for more than a week

Billings, Montana (AP) 3-09

Roosevelt County authorities are asking for help in locating a 20-year-old Poplar man who has been missing for more than a week.

Roderick Red Star was last seen early on March 14 walking on Wolf Creek Road north of Wolf Point.

Sheriff Freedom Crawford says the county’s search and rescue team, Fort Peck Tribal Police and tribal fish and game along with numerous volunteers have been searching for Red Star.

Searchers have covered about 250 square miles of terrain by plane, all-terrain vehicles and on foot. Dogs have also been involved in the search.

Red Star is about 6 feet, 1 inch tall and 185 pounds. He has dark brown hair, dark brown eyes, a goatee and mustache.        
Billings, Montana (AP) 1-09

Federal and tribal authorities are still searching for a Crow Agency family, including an infant, who have been missing since Dec. 23.

Matthew Pryor, special agent in charge of the Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Justice Services, says searchers on all terrain vehicles have been looking for the Little Light family within a 12-mile radius of where their pickup was found near Fort Smith on Jan. 5.

Billing, Montana (AP) 1-09

Federal investigators used a helicopter to search the area where a missing Crow Agency family’s vehicle was found, but found no clues to help them locate the Little Light family.

Teddy Little Light, his wife, Juliet Toineeta Little Light and their 3-month-old son Wyatt have not been seen since Dec. 23, when they stopped at Little Light’s mother’s house to drop off Christmas gifts.
Billings, Montana (AP) 1-09

Big Horn County officials searching for a 3-month-old and his parents missing from Crow Agency for two weeks have found the family’s pickup truck in Fort Smith.

The pickup was found this week about 25 miles from Wyola, where the family was last said to be traveling.

Authorities are still looking for 30-year-old Teddy Little Light, 25-year-old Juliet Little Light and their son, Wyatt.

“We’d really like to know where that baby is,” said Kim Satko with the Big Horn County Sheriff’s Office.

Satko said there was no indication of foul play, but investigators from the sheriff’s office and Bureau of Indian Affairs continued to examine the site where the truck was found.

The family was last seen on Dec. 23 at Teddy Little Light’s mother’s house in Crow Agency. Little Light said the family was going to Wyola. They were reported missing when they did not attend the funeral of Juliet’s grandmother Jan. 3.

Witnesses have reported seeing Teddy Little Light at a Billings tavern on New Year’s Eve.