Billings woman found after being taken by ex-boyfriend at gunpoint

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Posted at 8:43 AM, Dec 12, 2022
and last updated 2022-12-12 10:46:11-05

BILLINGS — Billings police say a 30-year-old woman abducted by her ex-boyfriend on Friday has been found and is cooperating with police in an investigation into her disappearance.

A Missing-Endangered Person Alert was issued for Shanyel Strangeowl on Friday night, following an altercation with her ex-boyfriend Lawrence Demarais.

(1st REPORT, DECEMBER 9) The Montana Department of Justice on Friday evening issued a Missing/Endangered Person Advisory for Shanyel StrangeOwl, who police in Billings say may have been abducted at gun point during a domestic disturbance with her ex-boyfriend Lawrence Demarais.

StrangeOwl is 30 years old, 5 feet 7 inches tall, and 190 pounds. She was reportedly taken from from the residence on Thursday, and she was reported missing Friday.

The advisory says that police believe Demarais kidnapped Shanyel at gunpoint and forced her into a maroon 2018 Chevy Colorado with Montana license plate 3-44673D.

Demarais is 45 years old, 5 feet 8 inches tall, and 200 pounds. Police say he should be considered armed and dangerous, and should not be approached.

Police ask that you call 911 if you see either of them.