Police seek tips on missing woman from Kalispell

2013-03-07T08:40:00Z 2014-02-12T10:29:05Z Police seek tips on missing woman from KalispellBy ZACH BENOIT zbenoit@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

Authorities are seeking the public's help in Montana and North Dakota in their search for Nicole Waller, a 31-year-old Kalispell woman who's been missing since mid-February and was last seen in the Fairview area.

Waller weighs 165 pounds and is 5 feet tall. She has brown hair and hazel eyes.

Investigators in Richland County have set up a hotline for tips at 406-433-4027. Tips may be texted to Richland County Crimestoppers at 274637 (CRIMES), starting with the code CSRC followed by the message or tip.

Waller was last seen in Fairview during the early hours of Feb. 14. Later that day, authorities found her car, a 1999 maroon Ford Expedition, parked with the doors locked on the side of a road near Poplar on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation.

"Nearly three weeks after the disappearance of Montana resident Nicole Waller, law enforcement officials from several jurisdictions continue to work together to aggressively investigate the case and pursue all leads," according to a news release from the Richland County Sheriff's Office. "To date, Ms. Waller remains a missing person."

Richland County Undersheriff Denny Palmer said that much of the search is focused on Northeastern Montana and into North Dakota, but that agencies from all over the state are involved.

He declined to release details of the investigation, but said that they're exploring all possibilities and hope that a plea to the public will help.

"The feeling is that somebody somewhere saw something and we want to hear from them," he said.

Agencies investigating the case include the Fort Peck Tribes Criminal Investigations, Flathead, Richland and Roosevelt county sheriff’s offices; Sidney and Fairview police departments; the Montana Department of Justice's Department of Criminal Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

A "Find Nicole Waller Facebook" page has also been created.

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