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Family, law enforcement searching for missing St. Ignatius woman

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ST. IGNATIUS - The family of a St. Ignatius woman missing for weeks continues their search for her.

A missing person's report was filed for 55-year-old Darlene Billie in December, but her daughter says that haven't heard from her since late October.

Billie is originally from Mississippi but has lived in St. Ignatius since 2010. She had gone to visit her husband on the Montana-North Dakota border in September.

Billie’s daughter, Jaylen Carpentier, talked to her mom in October to tell her that she should come home for the birth of her grandson. Carpentier has not heard from her mom since. She says it is unlike her mother to fall out of contact for this long.

"Her grandkids mean everything to her. She wouldn't miss the birth of my son for anything," Carpentier said. "It's just weird for her not to be in contact because my daughter was like her world. She cared so much about her."

She says tribal law enforcement agencies are now working on the case. The case has also caught the attention of groups that advocate for missing and murdered indigenous women in the United States.

Darlene is described as 5 foot 7 inches tall and about 160 pounds. She has either black or grey hair when it hasn’t been dyed. She was last seen on the border of Montana and North Dakota.

If you have any information you are asked to contact the CSKT Tribal Police at 406-675-4700. 

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