Police, family searching for missing Billings woman

2012-07-17T17:00:00Z 2014-08-25T09:54:39Z Police, family searching for missing Billings womanBy ZACH BENOIT zbenoit@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

The Billings Police Department is looking for a Billings woman who has been missing since March.

Jamee Christine Grossman, 25, was last seen at a party in Lockwood. When guests woke up the next morning, she was gone and, as far as police and family can tell, no one has seen her since.

“It’s an active investigation right now,” Billings Police Department Lt. Kevin Iffland said. “All leads and tips that have come in have been exhausted.”

Grossman is a 5-foot, 6-inch white woman who weights 130 pounds. She has blue eyes and blond or strawberry blond hair.

A Billings native and 2005 graduate of Billings Senior High, Grossman has two young daughters and worked at Fiddler’s Green.

Leslie Taft, Grossman’s mother, said her daughter was doing well and had enrolled in college, but then became distant about two years ago after Grossman began dating a man who didn’t like her being around her family.

“She had the world by the tail,” Taft said. “She was a great mom, a great person. Then she quit school and slowly but surely faded into the background. She started to lose everything.”

Taft last saw her daughter in mid-March, a few days before the party where Grossman was last seen.

Taft said she’s been in regular communication with the detective in charge of the case but hasn’t heard any solid leads about where her daughter may be. When an officer tried to call Grossman’s cellphone, the number came back as disconnected, Iffland said.

Taft said she learned from police that somebody in the area had been using her daughter’s identification, including at a pawn shop, but that they believe it wasn’t Grossman.

While Grossman has been missing since March, police didn’t officially classify her as a missing person until late May or early June, her mother said.

“In this case, she hasn’t been seen or heard from by family for several months,” Iffland said. “There’s a possibility that she could be in danger.”

Taft said that was sparked when Grossman’s ex-boyfriend reported that somebody had confronted him, saying Grossman was dead. At about the same time somebody — it isn’t clear if it was the same person — said the same thing to Grossman’s brother.

“Her friends were saying they were worried,” Taft said. “Then her ex came to the house and said he’d been confronted about her. The same thing happened with her brother, saying they’d heard she was dead. That’s when we called the cops again, and they put her on the missing-persons list.”

Iffland said that while the initial leads have gone cold, detectives are actively investigating Grossman’s disappearance.

As for Taft, she asked that anyone with information — friends, Grossman’s boyfriend, possible witnesses, anyone — help police with the investigation.

“I just really want somebody to come forward because I know that somebody out there knows something,” she said.

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