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.

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!

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 slear@ci.missoula.mt.usFive 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? 11-12-2015

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CAN YOU ID ME? 11-12-2015

Missoula County Sheriff’s Office (Detective Deibert) needs your assistance in solving a crime against a local family at their residence.

On Monday, November 9th, an armed burglary occurred at noon on the 2300 block of 26th Avenue, Missoula. The victim returned to the home and found the suspect inside.

The burglar is described as approximately 5’8″ tall, skinny, 30-40 year old white male with some facial hair. He was wearing a green American Eagle sweatshirt, blue jeans black hiking type boots and a blue ball cap. The burglar carried an across the shoulder, one strapped type back pack.

If you have any information concerning this felony crime; 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.

CAN YOU FIND ME? 08-24-2015

CAN YOU FIND ME? 08-24-2015

The Missoula County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Marshals Montana Violent Offender Task Force needs your assistance to locate a violent fugitive.

Jeremiah Winter Hawk BIRD is wanted for Probation Violation warrant for $100,000.00. BIRD was supervised out of Lake County. He is a 29 year old muscularity built Native American, 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs 220 lbs. BIRD has a large tattoo on the left side of his neck.

If you have any information that could lead to the location of BIRD, contact 911, the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office 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.

DO NOT attempt to approach or detain BIRD.

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CRIME OF THE WEEK 08-20-2015

CRIME OF THE WEEK 08-20-2015

The Missoula County Sheriff’s Office needs your assistance to identify suspects in a felony theft at a construction site located at 1106 Big Flat Road, west of Missoula.

The theft report occurred the night of 8/17-8/18. It appears that bolt cutters were used to gain access to a tool trailer and approximately $5700 worth of tools were taken. These tools include:

Makita 16″ beam saw
(2)Skill saws
(3) Paslode framing nailers
(2)Makita metal shears
Johnson laser level
Dewalt sidewinder saw
(3)Bosch roto hammers
Dewalt air compressor
Milwaukee hole hog saw
Makita 18v drill set
Milwaukee sawzall
Dewalt 18v drill set
Dewalt impact driver
(2)Stabila 4′ levels
assorted hand tools

If you have any information that could solve this crime, contact the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office (case number 2015-14274) 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 $1,000.

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CAN YOU ID ME 08-11-2015

CAN YOU ID ME? 08-11-2015

The Missoula County Sheriff’s Office needs your assistance to identify suspects in a vandalism and theft of recreational fees from the Blackfoot River “Iron Rangers”.

During this summer, suspects have been breaking into the “Iron Rangers”, the drop boxes for fees at the campgrounds in the Blackfoot River Corridor; stealing cash from envelopes inside. The first was reported on June 6th and reported again on June 11th. A trail camera was set up at the Thibodeau campground. On June 14th, the camera caught images of two young males tampering with one of the boxes.

If you have any information that could solve this crime, contact the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office 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.image image

CAN YOU ID ME? 07-16-2015

CAN YOU ID ME? 07-16-2015

The Missoula Police Department needs your assistance in identifying this person of interest as a suspect of committing fraudulent use of credit cards.

This female used two different credit cards illegally to purchase merchandise at several retailers on North Reserve Street, Missoula on June 16th and 17th, 2015. She left the Target store in a small white Chevrolet Aveo, unknown plate. Reference MPD case numbers: 2015-23670 and 2015-23544

If you have any information that could solve this crime, contact the Missoula Police Department 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.

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Thank You

Dear Friends:
As we begin the new year, Five Valleys Crimestoppers would like to thank the many businesses and citizens in our area for your financial support and generous donations throughout the year. You, fellow Montana citizens, and public media, such as the local television stations and the Missoulian, have enabled us to do the good work that is important to the safety of our community for everyone’s benefit.

Five Valleys Crimestoppers is a non-profit organization that helps solve crimes in our community by encouraging anonymous tips about criminal activities and providing cash rewards for tips that result in solving crimes and the arrest and prosecution of criminals involved. We serve Missoula, Ravalli, and Mineral counties.

We are solely funded through private donations and do not receive funding from any federal, state or local government agencies. We are governed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors, made up of private citizens from the community, as well as liaisons from various law enforcement agencies. There are no administrative “overhead” expenses involved.

The track record for Crimestoppers is impressive. Since 1981, we have paid a total of $250,770 in rewards. In terms of return on investment, the anonymous tips have resulted in 1,123 cases solved, $6,642,193 total property recovered, $10,876,352 in value of drugs that were seized, and 1,194 arrests.

We care about having a safe community for our families and our friends, and we know you do, as well. Thank you for helping us make our community a safer place for everyone’s sake.

Board of Directors
Five Valleys Crimestoppers Program, Inc.
Lee Eakins, Chairman