HELENA – State and local law enforcement officials are asking the public for leads again as the one year anniversary of a Kalispell woman’s disappearance woman nears.
Last November, the Montana Department of Justice and the Flathead County Sheriff’s Office sought information in the case of Nicole Waller, 32, who left Fairview, Montana to return home to her three young children in Kalispell on Feb. 14, 2013.
When Waller didn’t return, family members reported her missing; Waller’s vehicle, a maroon 1999 Ford Expedition, was eventually found on the side of Highway 2 outside of Poplar. Although an extensive search was conducted, Waller was never found.
One year later, Waller has still not been located, and investigators are asking anyone with information to contact them.
Agent Mark Hilyard of the Montana Department of Justice’s Division of Criminal Investigation said, “If someone out there has any information, no matter how inconsequential that person thinks it may be, it could be what we need to break this case open.”
Although law enforcement officials won’t go into details of the investigation, they are treating it as a homicide. Agent Hilyard references a number of factors that point to foul play, including Waller’s abandoned car.
“It appeared odd that Nicole’s belongings, as well as her children’s pet guinea pigs were still in the vehicle when it was recovered,” Agent Hilyard said. “She’s also had absolutely no contact with her family in the past year, which is also highly suspect.”
Waller, also known as “Nicky,” had brown hair and hazel eyes. She was 5 feet tall and weighed 165 pounds.
Anyone with information regarding Waller’s disappearance may anonymously contact Agent Hilyard by calling (406) 444-7068 or the Flathead County Sheriff’s Office at (406) 758-5600.
Tips may also be submitted online to Richland County Crime Stoppers at http://www.richlandcs.com/missing.aspx; or by texting the code CSRC plus your message to: 274637 (CRIMES). You may be eligible for a cash reward for information regarding this case.