(UPDATE, FEBRUARY 22, 2022) As of Tuesday morning, the Missing/Endangered Person Advisory remains in effect; it has not been canceled by the Montana Department of Justice.
However, Brian Miller - an attorney representing Tra Boggs, the father of the two boys - claims that the boys are with their father, and they are safe and in no danger.
The attorney has filed a complaint alleging corruption in the Blackfeet Family Tribal Court.
According to the court documents, the children's legal guardian is the aunt of their mother; their mother died in a car crash in December 2021.
Miller said in an email to MTN News: "There seems to be some shocking constitutional violations in the Blackfeet Tribal Court system and possibly corruption as well."
We will update you if we get more information.
(1st REPORT, FEBRUARY 21, 2022) The Montana Department of Justice has issued a Missing/Endangered Person Advisory for Traton and Cashton Boggs, at the request of Blackfeet Law Enforcement Services. The advisory was issued just after 6 p.m. on Monday, February 21, 2022.
Traton Boggs is a 4-year-old boy, 3 foot 5 inches, 40 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. Cashton Boggs is a 7-year-old boy, 4 foot 3, 60 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.
The boys are with their non-custodial father Tra Boggs, 21 years old, 5 foot 9, 240 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.
The father had the boys for visitation and is now refusing to return the boys to their mother. There is concern for the boys' safety and well-being.
Blackfeet Law Enforcement Services reported the two boys missing on Saturday, February 19.
If you have any information on the location of Traton, Cashton, or Tra Boggs, you're asked to call Blackfeet Law Enforcement Services at 406-338-4000 or call 911.
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The MT DOJ can issue a MEPA for runaways and missing children, children involved in custody disputes, and missing adults. The criteria for issuing a MEPA are:
- Do the circumstances fail to meet the criteria for an AMBER Alert?
- Is the person missing under unexplained, involuntary or suspicious circumstances?
- 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?
- 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.
The MT DOJ can also issue an AMBER Alert; the criteria for issuing one are:
- 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.