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Missing Native American Kids From MT


At least 10 Native American children between the ages of 11 to 17 — were reported missing in Montana in just the last 2 weeks. Experts say they generally see an uptick in missing persons cases during the summer when the weather is warm and school is out of session. A Montana Department of Justice report found that in 2021, more than 80% of the missing Indigenous people were under the age of 18. As of Tuesday morning, August 30, 2022, there were 185 reported missing people in Montana. Of those, 48, or 26% are Indigenous.


Among the missing:


  • Heleena Bear, 14, was last seen Sunday. She has brown eyes and black hair.


  • Jayden Eder, 11, was last seen on Aug. 17. The Bureau of Indian Affairs in Fort Peck is investigating their cases. Call 406-768-5565 with information.


  • Jacelyn Burd, 12, was last seen on Aug. 29.


  • Elise Flatmouth, 16, was last seen on Aug. 18. Bureau of Indian Affairs on the Crow Reservation is investigating her case. Call 406-638-2631 with information on her whereabouts.


  • Destiny Irvine-Piedalue, 17, was last seen on Sunday. The Flathead Tribal Police are investigating her case and can be reached at 406-657-4700.


  • Makayla Longtree, 13, was last heard from on Aug. 18. Roosevelt County Sheriff is investigating her case and can be reached at 406-653-6240.


  • Mark Milender, 14, was last seen on Tuesday. He has black hair and brown eyes. Yellowstone County Sheriff is investigating his case and can be reached at 406-256-2929.


  • Selena Neacha, 16, was last seen on Aug. 26 wearing all black clothes. She has brown eyes and black hair. Blackfeet Law Enforcement is investigating her case. Call 406-338-4000 with information.


  • Jacob Running Crane, 16, was last seen on Aug. 22. He has blond hair and blue eyes. Missoula Police Department is investigating his case and can be reached at 406-552-6300.


  • Ciara Wallette, 16, was last heard from on Aug. 22. She has brown hair and eyes. Billings Police Department is investigating her case. Call 406-657-8461 with information on her whereabouts.

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