Written by The Herald-News
Officials Seeking Information In Case of Missing Sidney Woman
On Feb. 14, Nicole Waller left Fairview to return home to her three young children in Kalispell. When Waller, 32, didn't return, family members reported her missing; Waller's vehicle, a maroon 1999 Ford Expedition, was eventually found on the side of U.S. Hwy. 2 outside of Poplar. Although an extensive search was conducted, Waller was never found. Nearly 10 months later, Waller has still not been located and investigators are asking anyone with information to contact them.
“Mothers traditionally don’t abandon their children,” noted agent Mark Hilyard of the Montana Department of Justice's Division of Criminal Investigation. “This is clearly not normal behavior and has every indication of a homicide.”
Although law enforcement won’t go into details of the investigation, a number of factors point to foul play. Hilyard references Waller’s abandoned car as an example.
“Someone witnessed suspicious activity taking place. It also appeared odd that her children’s pet guinea pigs were still in the vehicle when it was recovered,” Hilyard said. He urged the public for assistance with the missing woman’s disappearance, pointing out that often a single observation that someone may consider unimportant can break a case open.
Anyone with information regarding Waller’s disappearance may anonymously contact Hilyard by calling 406-791-2709 or the Flathead County Sheriff’s Office at 406-758-5600.