Susan Wood Homicide Investigation

On Saturday, March 3rd, 2018, Susan Wood was brutally murdered. Susan’s friends and family mourn her loss, and the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office is dedicated to seeking justice for Susan.
Susan was a 45 year old woman and a Missoula resident for over a decade. Susan was employed by a local cleaning service and was a long term dedicated employee. All of Susan’s friends and family say she was a quiet person, who got along with everyone she met. Susan preferred to walk and ride the bus everywhere she went. Susan was a writer and dreamed of living on the Oregon coast one day. Susan lived with and cared for 2 birds that she rescued and nursed back to health.
Detectives with the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office are continuing the investigation into Susan’s death. Susan was found on Coal Mine road on March 3rd, 2018, at 8:33 pm., by a jogger who was in the area. Susan had sustained a severe head injury. This injury led to Susan’s death approximately 2 weeks later, and detectives are now investigating this incident as a homicide. We continue to follow several leads and field many tips for this on-going and active investigation.
We know that Susan’s normal routine was to ride the bus from her home on Stephens Ave., to the North Reserve area. Then she would walk the remaining way to work at the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. Susan was a contracted custodian who worked mostly night shifts.
The investigation thus far has revealed Susan was last seen walking Northbound on the east side of the Reserve Street on the Broadway overpass. She was seen crossing over West Broadway at approximately 7:10 pm. A review of surveillance videos from local businesses show that Susan did not make it much further than the area of the Reserve St. and Stockyard road Intersection (which is located on the north end of the overpass). From the investigation, it is apparent that Susan had an unfortunate encounter that led to her death sometime between 7:10 pm when she was last seen on Reserve St. and 8:33 pm., where she was found on Coal mine road.
At this time we are asking the public for any information they may have regarding Susan or the events that led to her death. If you were in the area of North Reserve St. or Coal Mine Road between 7:10 pm and 8:30 pm on Saturday, March 3rd, 2018, and you believe you may have information regarding this Homicide, please contact CrimeStoppers (and remain anonymous) at (406) 721-4444. If your information helps to solve this crime you may be eligible for a reward up to $1000.00. Crimestoppers does not record calls or use caller ID.
You can also call the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office tip line at (406) 258-3337. If you were in this area you may have seen something that appeared unrelated, but still may be relevant to this case. This is a high traffic area and occurred in a high traffic time frame, we believe that someone must have seen something, they may not even know is related to this crime. We implore the public to contact us if they were in the area and may have seen anything that could help with the investigation.

Can You ID Me? 12-19-2017


This person is suspected of shoplifting windshield wipers at the Flying J Truck stop, located on the 8700 block of Hwy 93 N, on December 16th at approximately 6:45 pm.    If you can identify the vehicle or persons in the photograph, call the Five Valleys Crimestoppers 24 hour tip line at (406) 721-4444. You can remain anonymous and could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.

Crime of the Week 9-22-2017

On September 7, 2017, Missoula County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to a work site in Lolo for the report of a burglary not in progress. The victim stated that more than $6,300 worth of materials and equipment had been stolen. The items included approximately 20 Kwikset deadbolts, approximately 20 Kwikset lever interior door handles, and approximately 30 closet fittings, including door handles and door stops. The victim described the materials as “Tustin Venetian Bronze” in color. Other stolen items included 3 Moen Chateau kitchen faucets and a Blue Graco powered paint sprayer (valued at approx. $4,800).

If you have any information on this case please contact the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office or to remain anonymous please call Five Valley Crimestoppers at (406)721-4444. You could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000!


THANK YOU to Missoula and the communities of the surrounding area.

35 years ago we started a program, FIVE VALLEYS CRIMESTOPPERS, to facilitate getting information to the proper law enforcement agency. Crimestoppers is based on the premise that someone knows something about every crime committed, even if they may not be aware of it. Many also wanted a way to pass the information on anonymously. A monetary reward is also possible for the information found to be useful. The amount of this reward is determined by the Crimestopper Board.
In order for the program to be successful, it has to be completely community based. The program is totally funded through community donations, which is controlled by a volunteer board made up of members of the community. We depend heavily on the community to provide information to us. Our Law Enforcement Coordinators are a conduit for the incoming information and then to let the board know of the outcome of the investigation.
Since 1981 the information received by Crimestoppers has led to the seizure of $10,885,087 (street value) of illicit narcotics and $6,673,125 worth of recovered stolen property. The information also led to the arrest of 1,233 individuals and the clearing of 1,167 cases. For the information provided we authorized $264,320 in rewards, but only paid out $259,720. Many of those calling in with information were not interested in the reward, but wanted to just “help out”. This again shows the community’s support.
Once again, thank you to the many citizens “doing the right thing” who have been supporting us for the past 35 years. Remember “if you know something, tell someone”. Call (406) 721-4444 with information, visit our webs site: and like us on Facebook.
Here’s to serving you for the next 35 years!
Rick Newlon, Chairman
Five Valleys Crimestoppers

CAN YOU ID ME? 4-21-16

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Detective Stacy Lear from the Missoula Police Department is attempting to identify persons who may have information about an assault that occurred in the parking lot of the Magic Diamond Casino at 1210 W. Broadway on the night of Friday, April 8, 2016 at approximately 10:52pm.  If you can identify the vehicle or persons in these photographs, please contact her at 552-6283 or by email at Valleys Crimestoppers 24 hour tip line at (406) 721-4444 or (406) 363-0062. You can remain anonymous and could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000. Please refer to case #2016-13704 when calling.



Crime of the Week 2-27-16

Detective More and MFD Fire Inspector Fraser are looking for any information about who started a trailer fire at 1600 Cooley #23 on Saturday February 27, 2016 at 1:51am. Witness described an adult male wearing dark clothes standing by the garbage pile in front of the trailer “flicking” something and then the fire started.

If you have any information on these crimes please contact local law enforcement or Five Valleys Crimestoppers 24 hour tip line at (406) 721-4444 or (406) 363-0062. You can remain anonymous and could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.  Please reference arson case #2016-07965 when calling.

CAN YOU ID ME? 12-31-15

The Missoula Police Department is seeking to identify these individuals. These people are suspects in a robbery that occurred at Little Caesars Pizza, located at 3075 N. Reserve Street on December 31st, 2015.  Please reference report #2015-55105.

If you recognize this person of interest, call the Five Valleys Crimestoppers 24 hour tip line at (406) 721-4444 or (406) 363-0062. You can remain anonymous and could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.

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Can You ID Me 11-18-14?

The Missoula Police Department need your help to recover property and locating the suspect(s) who stole a Baja SUV Rack sometime between 9/23 and 10/24 while it was parked in the parking lot of J and P Customs, located at 2502 Murphy Street. Please reference report number 34974.

Call in your tips to Five Valleys Crimestoppers at (406) 721-4444 or (406) 363-0062. You can remain completely anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

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11-12-14 Can You ID Me

The Missoula Police Department needs your help in identifying these persons of interest.  Sometime during the evening hours of Sept 24th at the Missoula area Motel 6, a motorcycle was stolen.  Their associated vehicles are a Green Jeep Grand Cherokee (or Ford Explorer) and a White Dodge R15 pickup with a tool box in the rear bed.

If you have information that could help solve a crime, please call Five Valleys Crime
Stoppers at (406) 721-4444 and reference report #29071. When you report information you may be eligible for a CASH REWARD OF UP TO $1,000.00 and you can remain COMPLETELY

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