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Sep 21, 2011 7:50 PM by Kay Harris

Pippin search team finds clues in Bob Marshall Wilderness

The Lewis & Clark County search and rescue team that set out to recover the body of missing soldier Noah Pippin found some interesting artifacts that could be related to Pippin.

Pippin was was traveling back to California, where he served in the National Guard, from his home in Michigan last summer; he was last seen in the Flathead Valley in August 2010.

Earlier this week, a team of 27 people headed into the Bob Marshall Wilderness searching for clues, and they experienced some of the same weather conditions that could have ultimately led to Pippin's death.

Weather halted the search on Monday, but the crew did find some decomposed material near the Chinese Wall.

The material was found in close proximity to where a group of Boy Scouts claimed to have found some of Pippin's clothes during the summer.

The crew also found bones, but they may belong to an animal.

Later this week, crews will decide whether to embark on another search in the area of Cliff Mountain.

Although Pippin has not been found, the search team was able to bring a Michigan man in danger of going into diabetic shock out of the Bob Marshall on Tuesday.


(February 25, 2011) The parents of missing U.S. soldier Noah Pippin are desperate to find their son, who was last seen in the Flathead Valley back in August.

Some new details are coming out as to why they believe he wasn't alone when he disappeared.

Noah was last seen in August. He grew up in Michigan and completed three combat tours in Iraq, and was driving home to Michigan before preparing to deploy again to Afghanistan.

Flathead County Sheriff's Department Detective Pat Walsh tracked him as far as a Hungry Horse hotel. They also traced a notebook with directions to an area just outside Glacier National Park.

Mike Pippen, Noah's father, says after Montana's News Station first aired the story in November, he received an anonymous tip from someone in Missoula claiming they saw Noah outside a bar with a woman.

If you have any information that may help authorities, or have seen Noah Pippin, call Mike Pippin at 231-883-1445 or Flathead County Detective Pat Walsh at 406-758-5600.

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