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Man reported missing in Lake County found dead

Charles Sanders
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Charles Sanders Truck
MEPA Charles Sanders
Posted at 8:49 AM, Sep 23, 2022

(UPDATE - 1:26 p.m.) Lake County Sheriff Don Bell says that Sanders was found dead in Sanders County on Friday morning.

Bell says that Sanders' family found his truck in a remote area west of Arlee at about 10:00 a.m., and they found his body nearby.

Lake County Deputy Coroners were dispatched to the scene, and it was determined the location was in Sanders County.

The Sanders County Coroner’s Office was notified and responded to the scene with Lake County investigators who aided in the investigation and recovery.

The Sanders County Coroner’s Office is handling the death investigation.


(UPDATE - 11:47 a.m.) The Missing & Endangered Person Advisory for Charles Sanders has been canceled. Charles has been located. No other details have been released at this point.


(1st REPORT - 8:49 a.m.)
The Montana Department of Justice has issued a Missing/Endangered Person Advisory on behalf of the Lake County Sheriff's Office for 86-year-old Charles Sanders.

Charles is 5'6" tall and weighs 160 pounds. He has gray hair and blue eyes.

He was wearing a light and dark plaid shirt with a dark vest over it, dark-colored pants, and a black ‘Dave Smith’ hat.

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Charles Sanders was last seen on video leaving a store in St Ignatius at about 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 21, 2022.

Charles was last seen on video leaving a store in St Ignatius at about 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

The MEPA states he has early-stage dementia and requires medications.

Charles is driving a white Ford F350 flatbed truck with Montana license plate AALP9501 and has his dog Megan with him.

Charles Sanders Truck

He requires hearing aids to hear so may be very hard of hearing if they have quit.

The alert states there is concern for his welfare.

Anyone with information about Charles Sanders is asked to contact the Lake County Sheriff’s Office at (406) 883-7301 or call 911.