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Missing/Endangered Person Advisory issued for Missoula man who may be suicidal

Posted at 2:31 PM, Sep 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-08 16:58:34-04

GREAT FALLS — The Montana Department of Justice has issued a Missing/Endangered Person Advisory for Richard Reid at the request of the Missoula Police Department.

Reid is 61 years old, 6'2" tall, about 220 pounds, gray hair, hazel eyes, and usually wears western shirt and boots.

Reid was last seen on Tuesday, July 21st, at the Decker Truck Stop located at 320 Expressway.

He left on foot after quitting his job unexpectedly. He sent a “Goodbye” message to his family.

Authorities have reason to believe that he is suicidal and may cause harm to himself.

If you have any information on Reid's location or recent activity, you are asked to call the Missoula Police Department at 406 552-6300 or call 911.

AMBER ALERT: All of the following criteria must be met, according to the MT DOJ:

  • There is reasonable belief by law enforcement that a child has been abducted or has disappeared under suspicious circumstances.
  • The missing child is age 17 years or younger, or has a proven mental or physical disability.
  • The law enforcement agency believes the child is in imminent danger of serious bodily injury or death.
  • There is enough descriptive information about the victim and abduction for law enforcement to issue an AMBER Alert to assist in the recovery of the child.
  • The child’s name and other critical data elements, including the Child Abduction flag, have been entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) computer.

The AMBER Alert system is not used to track runaways, missing children, or children involved in custody disputes. The program is restricted to child abduction cases that could be life threatening.

MISSING/ENDANGERED PERSON ADVISORY: A MEPA Advisory is initiated solely by Montana law enforcement agencies using the following criteria, according to the MT DOJ:

  1. Do the circumstances fail to meet the criteria for an AMBER Alert?
  2. Is the person missing under unexplained, involuntary or suspicious circumstances?
  3. Is the person believed to be in danger because of age, health, mental or physical disability, or environmental or weather conditions; to be in the company of a potentially dangerous person; or is there some other factor that may put the person in peril?
  4. Is there information that could assist the public in the safe recovery of the missing person? The initial advisory will include any available information, like name, age, physical description, date of birth and where the person was last seen. It might also include information about whether the person has a health condition or physical or mental disability.